Swami Vivekananda quotes

Vivekananda in Chicago, September 1893. On the left, Vivekananda wrote: "one infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee".

Vivekananda in Chicago, September 1893. On the left, Vivekananda wrote: “one infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee”.

Swami Vivekananda ( 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902) was a teacher of Vedanta philosophy, and one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of Hinduism.He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe.
 
“Arise,awake and stop not until your goal is achieved.”
 
“Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood.
 
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”
 
“Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.”
 
“Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.”
 
“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
 
“Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.”
 
“The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.”
 
“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. ”
 
“There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.”
 
“The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul.”

“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ”
 
“Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.”

“They alone live, who live for others.”
 
“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
 
“All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.”
“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. ”

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”
 
“All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.”
 
“The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”
 
“The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.”
 
“Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”
“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
 
“The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.”
 
“Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”

“Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
 
“whatever you think that you will be.
if you think yourself weak,weak you will be;
if you think yourself strong,you will be”
 
“Don’t look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.”
 
“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”

“Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.”

“Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”

“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.”

“There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real ‘you’. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. ‘God created man after His own image.’ That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it!”
“That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.”
 
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”
 
“Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.”

“How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.”
 
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Sigmund Freud Quotes

Sigmund Freud
 
Sigmund Freud ( born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. In 2001, Time Magazine referred to Freud as one of the most important thinkers of the last century. A 2006 Newsweek article called him “history’s most debunked doctor.”
 
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
 
“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
 
 “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
 
“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
 
“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”
 
“The madman is a dreamer awake”
 
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
 
“The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.”
 
“The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter.”
 
“Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them.”
 
“He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.”
 
“Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.”
 
“We  are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.”
 
“No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.”
 
“A woman should soften but not weaken a man.”
 
“When a love-relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves.”
 
“Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism.”
 
“In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.”
 
“Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.”
 
“Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.”
 
“Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion’s eleventh commandment is “Thou shalt not question.”
 
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”
 
“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”
 
“Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures… There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.”
 
“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.”
 
“He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”
 
“America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”
 
“Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea,they become powerless when they oppose it.”
 
“Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.”
 
“The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.”
 
“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.”
 
“Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
 
“Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?”
 
“The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.”
 
“The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.”
 
“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”
 
 
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If— by Rudyard Kipling

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“If—” is a poem by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895 and first published in Rewards and Fairies, 1910.Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children.Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children’s books are enduring classics of children’s literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting “a versatile and luminous narrative gift”.In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America’s rare “public literary figures, almost an artistic institution.” He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet.Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality. Emily Dickinson is now considered a powerful and persistent figure in American culture.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops – at all -

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

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21 Suggestions for Success By H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller (1991–1994). It’s sequel Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2 also made it to the same best seller list in 1993.

1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be a self-starter.

17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

20. Take good care of those you love.

21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

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Heraclitus Quotes

Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus, Ionia, on the coast of Asia Minor. He was of distinguished parentage. Little is known about his early life and education, but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom. From the lonely life he led, and still more from the paradoxical nature of his philosophy and his stress upon the needless unconsciousness of humankind, he was called “The Obscure” and the “Weeping Philosopher”.

Heraclitus is famous for his insistence on ever-present change in the universe, as stated in the famous saying, “No man ever steps in the same river twice” . He believed in the unity of opposites, stating that “the path up and down are one and the same”, all existing entities being characterized by pairs of contrary properties. His cryptic utterance that “all entities come to be in accordance with this Logos” (literally, “word”, “reason”, or “account”) has been the subject of numerous interpretations.

“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”

“Nothing endures but change.”

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”

“The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.”

“Those who love wisdom must investigate many things”

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

“Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.”

“To be even minded is the greatest virtue. Wisdom is to speak the truth and act in keeping with its nature.”

“We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.”

“Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.”

“Much learning does not teach understanding.”

“Man’s character is his fate.”

“Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.”

“Character is destiny”.

“Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony”.

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