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³We want that education by which
character is formed, strength of mind
is increased, the intellect is
expanded, and by which one can stand
on ones feet´

³To me the very Essence of


education is concentration of mind,
not the collecting of Facts´

³Bring light to the ignorant, and


more light to the educated for the
vanities of the education of our time
are tremendous´

³The education which does not help


individuals to equip for the struggle
of life, which does not bring out
strength of character, a spirit of
philanthropy and the courage of a lion
± is it worth the name?´

³The more the power of


concentration, the more knowledge is
acquired, because concentration is the
one and only method of acquiring
knowledge´

³If you have assimilated five ideas,


and made them your life and character,
you have more education than any man
who has got by heart a whole library´

³All knowledge depends upon the


calmness of mind´

³When a man is under the control of


senses, he is of the world. When he
has controlled the senses, the world
is of him´

³So long as there is fear it is not


love. Love never asks, never begs.
Love loves for the sake of love itself´
³Accept the µBeneficial¶ and
discard the µPleasant¶´

³Conquer yourself; and the whole


Universe will be yours´

³The road to good is the roughest


and the steepest in the Universe. It
is wonder that so many succeed, no
wonder that so many fall´

³God blesses those families where


women are happy and well treated´

³Take one thing up and do it, and


see the end of it, and before you have
seen the end, do not give up´
³Character has to be established
through a thousand stumbles´

³All the strength and succor you


want is within yourselves, therefore
make your own future´

³All great undertakings are


achieved through mighty obstacles´

³The remedy for weakness is not


brooding over weakness, but thinking
of strength´

³First have faith in yourselves.


Know that though one may be a little
bubble and another may be a mountain
high wave, yet behind both the bubble
and the wave there is the infinite
ocean´
³It is the fear that is the cause
of our owes, and fearlessness that
brings heaven even in a moment´

³The way is very difficult, like


walking on the edge of a razor, Yet
despair not, Arise, Awake, and stop
not till the goal is reached´

³Anything that makes you weak


physically, intellectually, and
spiritually, reject it as poison´

³Learn everything that is good from


others, but bring it in, and in your
own way absorb it, do not become
others´

³Hold the ideal a thousand times,


and if you fail a thousand times, make
the attempt once more´
³Stand up, be bold, be strong and
know that you are the creator of your
own destiny´

³All the secret of success is to


pay as much attention to the means as
to the end´

³One ounce of practice is worth


twenty thousand tons of big talk´

³We must point out not the mistakes


that people are making in their
thoughts and actions, but the way in
which they will gradually be able to
do these things better´

³Learn obedience first. Always


learn to be a servant; and then you
will be fit to be a master´
³If you can lay down your head for
the cause, then only you can be a
leader, but we all want to be leaders
without making the necessary sacrifice.
And the result is zero ± nobody
listens to us´

³Pull yourself out of difficulties


by yourself! There is none to help you
± never was´

³He is an atheist who does not


believe in himself´

³Never mind failures, they are


quite natural, They are the beauty of
life, what would life be without them?
³Neither money pays, nor name, nor
fame, nor learning; it is the
Character that can cleave through
adamantine walls of difficulties´

³Whatever you think, that you will


be. If you think yourselves weak, that
you will be. If you think yourselves
strong, that you will be´
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