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National Youth Day is celebrated in all over the world on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day the National Youth Day; since 1985 the event has been celebrated in India every year (from Wikipedia).


“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.” —Swami Vivekananda

“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin ? to say that you are weak, or others are weak.” – Swami Vivekananda

“No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished.” – Swami Vivekananda

Say, “I can do everything.” “Even if poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The earth is enjoyed by heroes”— this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear”.- Swami Vivekananda

“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.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Arise, awake, sleep no more; within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”—Swami Vivekananda

“What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.”—Swami Vivekananda

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.” —Swami Vivekananda

“Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?”
—Swami Vivekananda

“Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves.|We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Stand upon the Self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse. If superstition enters, the brain is gone.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.” —Swami Vivekananda

“Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.”—Swami Vivekananda

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.Only the moment you reject all help are you free.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong; that is what we need.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Man never dies, nor is he ever born; bodies die, but he never dies.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Give me a few men and women who are pure and selfless, and I shall shake the world.”—Swami Vivekananda

“The infinite library of the universe is in your mind.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”—Swami Vivekananda

“We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.”—Swami Vivekananda

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”—Swami Vivekananda 

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