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We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavour to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and our minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward.

VIVEKANANDA, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

VIVEKANANDA, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. So fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender.

VIVEKANANDA, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda


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