Hinduism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hinduism quotes, hinduism sayings, and hinduism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Hinduism has become a conservative religion and, therefore, a mighty force because of the swadeshi spirit underlying it.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The essence of Hinduism is the same essence of all true religions: Bhakti or pure love for God and genuine compassion for all beings.     

Radhanath Swami

Hinduism is wholly free from the strange obsession of some faiths that the acceptance of a particular religious metaphysics is necessary for salvation, and non-acceptance thereof is a heinous sin meriting eternal punishment in hell.     

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks.     

Hanya Yanagihara

Hinduism is a relentless pursuit of Truth. Truth is God and if today it has become moribund, inactive, irresponsive to growth, it is because we are fatigued; and as soon as the fatigue is over, Hinduism will burst upon the world with a brilliance perhaps unknown before.     

Mahatma Gandhi

A spirtually illumined soul lives in the world, yet is never contaminated by it.     

Bhaskarananda

Hinduism at its best has spoken the only relevant truth about the way to self-realization in the full sense of the word.     

Count Hermann Keyserling

Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that can not be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love.     

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Hinduism's basic tenet is that many roads exist by which men have pursued and still pursue their quest for the truth and that none has universal validity.     

Kenneth Scott Latourette

Hinduism is synonymous with humanism. That is its essence and its great liberating quality.     

H. G. Wells

Hinduism, we inherited from our ancestors and its protection is our ultimate religion.     

Tanmaya Guru

Hinduism dies if untouchability lives, and untouchability has to die if Hinduism is to live.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Hinduism has sinned in giving sanction to untouchability.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The essence of Hinduism is that the path may be different, but the goal is the same.     

Manmohan Singh

You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become.     

Bhagavad Gita

Hinduism loses its right to make a universal appeal if it closes its temples to Harijans.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Never get angry, for anger poisons your system.     

Paramahansa Yogananda

Hinduism with its message of ahimsa is to me the most glorious religion in the world.     

Mahatma Gandhi

India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.     

Sri Aurobindo

The greatest contentment comes from devotion alone and not from it's rewards, therefore one who has this devotion seeks nothing else.     

Lord Krishna

The three essentials of Hinduism are belief in God, in the Vedas as revelation, in the doctrine of Karma and transmigration.     

Swami Vivekananda

The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.     

Lord Krishna

Hinduism has an enormous capacity to absorb from outside influences and accept it in a peaceful and steady manner without perturbing the system.     

N. R. Narayana Murthy

Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life.     

Walter Kaufmann

He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature...seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others.     

Lord Krishna

Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.     

Swami Vivekananda

In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.     

B. R. Ambedkar

Our soul intuition is a faculty of God. He has no mouth, yet.     

Anonymous

The ultimate goal of human life is to transcend culture and personality to the unconditioned pure being. But the means to do this is through our culture and way of life.     

David Frawley

The central fact of Hinduism is cow protection.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Every day you should sit quietly and affirm, with deep conviction.     

Anonymous

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.     

Swami Vivekananda

Having faith in God and Surrendering to him is the way to be free.     

Anonymous

Hinduism comes closest to being a nature religion. Rivers, rocks, trees, plants, animals, and birds all play their part, both in mythology and everyday worship. This harmony is most evident in remote places like this, and I hope it does not lose its unique character in the ruthless urban advance.     

Ruskin Bond

Brahman is the ultimate reality; it is simultaneously Saguna and Nirguna; divisions are due to ignorance. Mind and intellect can never catch hold of it; they have only one option and that is to merge with it.     

Amit Ray

Foreigners are sending messages to the planets. We are sending rice and cereals to our dead fore-father through the Brahmins. It is a wise deed?     

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

Hinduism is not a religion: it's just a way of life thousands of Rishis have written about. It is such a democratic religion where everybody has a freedom to think, write or say whatever they want. We have no opposition to any other philosophy coming into us.      

Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot

At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way.      

Mark Twain

But it is a truism for Hindus. The spirit of mutual good-will, esteem and veritable love which is the traditional spirit of the religions of Indian family. This is one of India's gift to the world.      

Dr. Arnold Toynbee

Hinduism must be studied not as a fixed body of doctrine but as a developing tradition that has changed considerably throughout the centuries and which is still changing in the creative direction, everything in India makes sense in the light of the changing process.     

Thomas Berry

In Hinduism, Shiva is a deity who represents transformation. Through destruction and restoration, Shiva reminds us that endings are beginnings, and that our world is constantly undergoing a cycle of birth, death and rebirth.     

Karen Salmansohn

What I found particularly fascinating and satisfying about the Hindu tradition was its spirit of inclusiveness. In Sanatan Dharma, or what is commonly called Hinduism, I discovered the basic truths of all religions in a way that the oneness of God and religion is comprehensively understood.     

Radhanath Swami

India is the mother of religion. In her are combined science and religion in perfect harmony, and that is the Hindu religion, and it is India that shall be again the spiritual mother of the world.      

Annie Besant

That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.      

Sri Aurobindo

Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming.      

Swami Vivekananda

Hinduism is so elastic and subtle that the most profound Methodist and crudest Idolator are equally at home with it.      

George Bernard Shaw

Plainly, contemporary Western science's description of an astronomical universe of such vast magnitude that distances must be measured in terms as abstract as light-years is not new to Hinduism whose wise men, millennia ago, came up with the term kalpa to signify the inconceivable duration of the period elapsing between the beginning and end of a world system.      

Nancy Wilson Ross

But I would like to believe Hinduism is too valuable for humanity, and sacred Indian books contain too much precious and unique knowledge that it will not sink in oblivion.      

Aleksandr Zinovyev

Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future. Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism who shall save it? India alone can save India and India and Hinduism are one.     

Annie Besant

The reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad-Gita. The Gita's sanity and sublimity have impressed the minds of even soldiers and merchants.      

Henry David Thoreau

Modern exponents of Hinduism should make it explicit that such statements as 'All religions are true' are made only on their own authority, and do not represent the orthodox Hindu tradition.      

K.S. Murty

A holy trinity of Hinduism, the Trim rti or triple form, was evolved, of Brahm the creator, Visnu the preserver, and Siva the destroyer... Early western students of Hinduism were impressed by the parallel between the Hindu trinity and that of Christianity. In fact the parallel is not very close, and the Hindu trinity, unlike the Holy Trinity of Christianity, never really 'caught on'. All Hindu trinitarianism tended to favour one god of the three.      

A.L. Basham

For reforms of Hinduism and for its real protection, removal of untouchability is the greatest thing... Removal of untouchability is... a spiritual process.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Hinduism rules out indulgences and multiplication of wants, as these hamper one's growth to the ultimate identity with the Universal Self.      

Mahatma Gandhi

Hinduism is not an exclusive religion. In it, there is room for the worship of all the prophets of the world. It is not a missionary religion in the ordinary sense of the term. ... Hinduism tells everyone to worship God according to his own faith or dharma, and so it lives at peace with all religions.     

Mahatma Gandhi

He sounds mean, doesn't he? But really, Shiva is a compassionate god, because in Hinduism, the destroyer of life is also the bringer of life. So what Shiva destroys, he renews and restores.     

Jiddu Krishnamurthi

In Hindu philosophy the way to God is to free yourself of possessions, and the passions that inflame anger and jealousy. Bapu has always struggled to find the way to God.     

Kasturba Gandhi

Here, in this mystical India, the deities hover and swarm / Like the wild bees heard in the treetops, or the gusts of a gathering storm; / In the air men hear their voices, their feet on the rocks are seen, / Yet we all say, “Whence is the message, and what may the wonders mean?”     

Alfred Comyn Lyall

Being a Hindu does not mean having a particular belief system. It is only recently and due to external influences that this geographical and cultural identity has attempted to transform itself into a religious identity called Hinduism. Hindu was never an “ism”, and the attempt to organize it as a religion is still not successful because the Hindu way of life which is referred to as Sanatana Dharma or universal law is all-inclusive in nature and does not exclude anything. The Hindu way of life is not an organized belief system but a science of salvation.      

Sadhguru