Eminent Persons on Swami Vivekananda


  • I have gone through Swami Vivekananda's works very thoroughly, and after having gone through them, the love that I had for my country became a thousand–fold. His writings need no introduction from anybody. They make their own irresistible appeal.
    — Mahatma Gandhi

  • I cannot write about Vivekananda without going into Raptures... Reckless in his sacrifice, unceasing in his activity, boundless in his love, profound and versatile in his wisdom, exuberant in his emotions, merciless in his attacks but yet simple as a child—he was a rare personality in this world of ours. ...
    — Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

  • Vivekananda said that there was the power of God in every man, that God wanted to have our service through the poor. This gospel showed the path of infinite freedom from man's tiny egocentric self beyond the limits of all selfishness.... Vivekananda's gospel marked the awakening of man in his fullness.... If you want to know India , study Vivekananda.
    — Rabindranath Tagore

  • Vivekananda was a soul of puissance if ever there was one,a very lion among men, but the definite work he has left behind is quite incommensurate with our impression of his creative might and energy. We perceive his influence still working gigantically, we know not well how, we know not well where, in something that is not yet formed, something leonine, grand, intuitive, upheaving that has entered the soul of India and we say, 'Behold, Vivekananda still lives in the soul of his Mother and in the souls of her children'.
    — Sri Aurobindo

  • He brought her [India's] message, he spoke in her name, and the herald remembered the dignity of the royal land whence he came. Purposeful, virile, strong —he stood out, a man among men, able to hold his own.
    — Annie Besant

  • Where can you find a man like him? Study what he wrote, and learn from his teachings, for if you do, you will gain immense strength. Take advantage of the fountain of wisdom, of Spirit, and of fire that flowed through Vivekananda.
    — Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru

  • Like a rocky cliff protecting a coastal valley from storm and bad weather, from the blows of ill winds and waves, Vivekananda fought courageously and selflessly against the enemies of his motherland.
    — E P Chelishev

  • It was been my good fortune and my joy to know a man who truly 'walked with God'... Science, philosophy, and history had no secrets from the Swami.
    — Emma Calve

  • To ask you, Swami, for credentials is like asking the sun to state its right to shine!
    "Here is a man who is more learned than all our learned professors put together."
    —Dr. John Henry Wright

  • He spoke not as arguing from a tradition, or from a book, but as from an experience and certitude of his own.
    — William Ernest Hocking

  • 'Look at yourself, you are a lion.' This is what Vivekananda was doing to the Indian people.
    — Chirstopher Isherwood

  • [He was] one whose walk expressed dignity and whose general bearing showed majesty, like one who owns everything and desires nothing. After a short observation I also saw that he was a very superior man, and withal, one who quickly disclosed a most lovable character.
    — Henry J. VanHaagen

  • It is an undisputed fact that it was Swami Vivekananda who first held aloft the banner of Hinduism as a challenge against the material science of the West. ... It was Swami Vivekananda who took on his shoulders this stupendous task of establishing the glory of Hinduism in different countries across the borders. And he, with his erudition, oratorical power, enthusiasm and inner force, laid that work upon a solid foundation. ...
    — Bal Gangadhar Tilak

  • It was in February 1939, when I had to leave Spain because of the fall of the Spanish Republic and all I could take with me was what I could carry. I chose to take one book. From the thousands of books in the library l have so lovingly built up with my father, I selected The Universal Gospel and the Life of Vivekananda by Romain Rolland. That uniquely magnificent mystical book inspired me through the years to dedicate my life to the service of others.
    — Dr Felix Marti-lbanez

  • What a void this makes! What great things were accomplished in these few years! How one man could have done it all! And how all is stilled now. That great soul is released; his heroic deeds on this earth are over. Can we realize what that work has been—how one man did all this? When one is tired it is best that he should sleep, but his deeds and teachings will walk the earth and waken and strengthen.
    — Jagadish Chandra Bose

  • I feel that the greatest of all debts the youth of modem India owe to Swami Vivekananda is the renewal in pratical life of this faith in the Advaitam.
    — C F Andrews

  • Vivekananda's ideas were dear not only to Tolstoy. They are just as dear to the Soviet people today, primarily, because his life was filled with ardent love for India.
    — R Rybakov

  • Swami Vivekananda tried to lead humanity to a nobler and better path than that which it found itself in. ... If you really believe in the divine spark in man, do not for a moment hesitate to accept the great tradition which has come to us, of which Swami Vivekananda was the greatest exponent.
    — Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

  • As the dynamic representative of Hinduism at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, he proclaimed the truth of all religions, the divinity of the soul and the oneness of all existence.
    — Huston Smith

  • He preached to his countrymen a more virile creed than any Indian has offered them since Vedic days.
    — Will Durant

  • He spoke better English than I did, was conversant with ancient and modern literature, would quote easily and naturally from Shakespeare or Longfellow or Tennyson, Darwin, Muller, Tyndall, could repeat pages of our Bible, was familiar with and tolerant of all creeds. He was an education, an illumination, a revelation!
    — Kate Sanborn

  • His pre-eminent characteristic was Kingliness. He was a born king and nobody ever came near him either in India or America without paying homage to his majesty.
    — Romain Rolland

  • The qualities I most admire in Vivekananda are his activity, manliness and courage... He spoke up and acted. For this, all must honour him, who, whatever be their own religious beliefs, value sincerity, truth and courage, which are the badges of every noble character.
    — Sir John Woodroffe

  • Vivekananda is a man of genius... that man is simply a wonder of oratorical power.... the Swami is an honor to humanity in any case.
    —Willam James

  • No monarch ever received such a reception at the hands of his countrymen; it stands unique in the annals of history. All India greeted him with open arms; millions of people prostrated themselves before him, saluting him as a saint and saviour, which he was.
    — Henry Miller

  • The passing of the years and the many stupendous and unexpected events which have occurred since [his passing away] suggest that in centuries to come he will be remembered as one of the main moulders of the modern world...
    — A L Basham

  • Among the great souls who welcomed the Indian renaissance with sounds of conch shells, Vivekananda deserves the first place. His divine message has a clear pronouncement for spiritual progress—directed not for India alone but the world at large. ...The Swami is no more with us today, but the glow of spirituality he lighted will always illumine the World.
    — Munshi Premchand

  • Men who lead their fellow beings in any sphere of life are rare and those that lead their leaders are rarer still. These superguides come not very often upon this earth to uplift the sinking section of humanity. Swami Vivekananda was one of these super souls.
    — Dr. Rajendra Prasad

  • Swami Vivekananda saved Hinduism and saved India. But for him we would have lost our religion and would not have gained our freedom. We therefore owe everything to him. May his faith, his courage and his wisdom ever inspire us so that we may keep safe the treasure we have received from him.
    — C. Rajagopalachari

  • Swamiji's teachings, writings and speeches which appear on every page of his works, are indeed stimulant. Swamiji provides us courage, strength and faith and teaches us how to be self-sufficient. These are the basic tenets of life which India needed most and which would be relevant for all time to come. It was Swami Vivekananda who has given us the ways and means to reconstruct a new India.
    — Indira Gandhi