Pearls of Wisdom

Swami Vivekananda

All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles.

All the wealth of the world cannot help one little Indian village if the people are not taught to help themselves.

Any action that makes us go Godward is a good action, and is our duty; any action that makes us go downward is evil, and is not our duty..

My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient,

Blessed are the children who look upon their parents as Divinity manifested on earth.

Know thyself. You must know what you are, what your real nature is.

Do not seek help from anyone. We are our own help. If we cannot help ourselves, there is none to help us.

Owing to life itself being frail and uncertain, one should be devoted to religion even in one's youth, for who knows when one's body may fall off?

Duty is seldom sweet. It is only when love greases its wheels that it runs smoothly.

If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand.

A man is never improved by abuse but by praise, and so with nations.