Virtue is that which tends to our improvement, and vice to our degeneration.
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 6.112.
Religion is not in doctrines, in dogmas, nor in intellectual argumentation. It is being and becoming. Religion is realization.
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 2.43
If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt from suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 5.177
The whole soul pours in a continuous current to God. There is no time to seek money, or name, or fame,
no time think of anything but God. Then will come into our hearts that infinite, wonderful bliss of love.
Retreat given at the Thousand Island Park, USA. June 24, 1895. Complete Works, 7.10.
The Sanskrit name for a student, brahmacārin, is synonymous with the Sanskrit word kāmajit, "one who has conquered lust." Our goal of life is mokṣa, spiritual freedom. How can that be ever attained without brahmacarya, or absolute continence? Hence it is imposed upon our youth as an indispensable condition during their studentship.
From "The East and the West," originally written in Bengali. Complete Works, 5.514
The life of each nation has a moral purpose of its own, and the manners and customs of a nation must be judged from the standpoint of that purpose. The Westerners should be seen through their eyes; to see them through our eyes, and for them to see us through theirs–both these are mistakes.
From "The East and the West," originally written in Bengali. Complete Works, 5.514.