quote by Swami Vivekananda

Never producing pain by thought, word, and deed, in any living being, is what is called Ahimsâ, non-injury.

— Swami Vivekananda

Most Powerful Ahimsa quotations

Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don't go together any more that water and fire.

The removal of untouchability is one of the highest expressions of ahimsa.

Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury.

It is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is true strength.

The power of unarmed nonviolence is any day far superior to that of armed force.

The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die.

These practices - non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving - are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position.

Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept.

There is, however, only one idea of duty which has been universally accepted by all mankind, of all ages and sects and countries, and that has been summed up in a Sanskrit aphorism thus: "Do not injure any being; not injuring any being is virtue, injuring any being is sin."

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.

Ahimsa and Truth are so intertwined that it is practically impossible to disentangle and separate them.

True ahimsa should wear a smile even on a deathbed brought about by an assailant. It is only with that ahimsa that we can befriend our opponents and win their love.

A votary of ahimsa must cultivate the habit of unremitting toil, sleepless vigilance, ceaseless self-control.

Besides the respect of the lives of human beings, all the animals and plants should be on the list too. That is the real humanitarianism.

You should not cause hurt even by a word, a look or a gesture.

Tolerance, fortitude, equanimity - these help you to be steady in ahimsa (absence of violence).

The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others.

If you haven't the will to gladden someone's heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone's heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this.

The test of ahimsa is the absence of jealousy.

The man whose heart never cherishes even the thought of injury to anyone, who rejoices at the prosperity of even his greatest enemy, that man is the bhakta, he is the yogi, he is the guru of all.

True ahimsa should mean a complete freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for all.

The Jain religion in India teaches that because all life is essentially interrelated and interconnected, all living beings should be considered sacred and be respected. This belief forms the basis of the doctrine of ahimsa, which has been translated into English variously as "reverence for life," "nonviolence," and "dynamic compassion."

My ahimsa would not tolerate the idea of giving a free meal to a healthy person who has not worked for it in some honest way.

Ahimsa is a science. The word 'failure' has no place in the vocabulary of science.

The universe is not for man alone, but is a theater of evolution for all living beings. Live and let live is its guiding principle. 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah' - Non-injury is the highest religion.

The greater the realization of truth and ahimsa, the greater the illumination.

Ahimsa means infinite love, which again means infinite capacity for suffering.

If the circulation of blood theory could not have been discovered without vivisection, the human kind could well have done without it.

The principle of ahimsa is hurt by every evil thought, by undue haste, by lying, by hatred, by wishing ill to anybody.

Ahimsa is the height of Kshatriya dharma as it represents the climax of fearlessness.

Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practiced in all departments, it has no practical value.

When two nations are fighting, the duty of a votary of ahimsa is to stop the war.

Ahimsa must express itself through acts of selfless service of the masses.

Ahimsa is the strongest force known.

Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which though doest not.

Mahatma Gandhi was a man of peace and non-violence and lived by the Hindu principle of ahimsa, action based on refusal to do harm. As his war-strewn presidency shows, George Bush knows nothing about ahimsa and non-violence. Bush should reconsider this cynical, disrespectful display of symbolism.

If you kill me, you kill yourself. [...] He only wanted to convey to Janegg the truth of ahimsa, which is that all beings were connected to each other in the deepest way and thus it was impossible to harm another without harming oneself.

If we want to eliminate bad qualities like hatred, envy, pride and ostentation, we have to employ Sathya, Dharma, Santhi and Prema and Ahimsa as the cleaning instruments.