Swami Vivekananda, original name Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk. He introduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is known for raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during late 19th century.

Some of his inspirational quotes are :-

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.

Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world.

Each work has to pass through these stages – ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

Who is helping you don’t forget them. Who is loving you, don’t hate them. Who is believing you, don’t cheat them.

Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.

Learn everything that is good from others but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.

Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead, if you lose, you can guide.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.

Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles

Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is His business.

Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in your own mind.

If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished-mountains can be crumbled into atom.

Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself.