03 December 2013

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Friendship

In this article you'll find Swami Vivekananda's quotes on friendship.
  • Business is business, in the highest sense, and no friendship — or as the Hindu proverb says "eye-shame" — should be there. One should keep the clearest account of everything in one's charge — and never, never apply the funds intended for one thing to any other use whatsoever — even if one starves the next moment. This is business integrity.[Source]
  • . . . friendship fail and love betray. . . [Source]
  • Friendship, mercy, gladness, and indifference, being thought of in regard to subjects, happy, unhappy, good, and evil respectively, pacify the Chitta.[Source]
  • Friendship, mercy, gladness, and indifference,
    being thought of in regard to subjects, happy, unhappy,
    good, and evil respectively, pacify the Chitta.
    —Swami Vivekananda
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  • Friendship with many is best at a distance, and everything goes well with the person who stands on his own feet.[Source]
  • I have not found a way that will please all, and I cannot but be what I am, true to my own self. "Youth and beauty vanish, life and wealth vanish, name and fame vanish, even the mountains crumble into dust. Friendship and love vanish. Truth alone abides."[Source]
  • India still lives, India of undying love, of everlasting faithfulness, the unchangeable, not only in manners and customs, but also in love, in faith, in friendship.[Source]
  • Love, friendship, religion, virtue, kindness — everything, a momentary state of mind.[Source]
  • Rights and privileges and other things can only come through friendship, and friendship can only be expected between two equals When one of the parties is a beggar, what friendship can there be?[Source]
  • There was one thing always to keep us hopeful -- the tremendous faithfulness to each other, the tremendous love between us. I have got a hundred men and women around me; if I become the devil himself tomorrow, they will say, "Here we are still! We will never give you up!" That is a great blessing. In happiness, in misery, in famine, in pain, in the grave, in heaven, or in hell who never gives me up is my friend. Is such friendship a joke? A man may have salvation through such friendship.[Source]
  • We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful towards those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. So with all subjects that come before us. If the subject is a good one, we shall feel friendly towards it; if the subject of thought is one that is miserable, we must be merciful towards it. If it is good, we must be glad; if it is evil, we must be indifferent.[Source]

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