"My homage and respect to the very revered memory of Swami Vivekananda . . . .
after having gone through [his works], the love that I had for my country became a
-- Mahatma Gandhi
"His whole life and teaching inspired my generation . . . .
he brought his great spirituality to bear upon his patriotism and thus his message was not
confined to India only, but was for the whole world. I pay my homage to his memory."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
"The thought of this warrior prophet of India left a deep
mark upon the United States . . . . I cannot touch these sayings of his . . . without
giving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports
must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!"
-- Romain Rolland
"[Vivekananda is] one of the very greatest historical
figures that India has ever produced. When one sees the full range of his mind, one is
-- Christopher Isherwood
"The man [Vivekananda] is simply a wonder for oratorical
power . . . the Swami is an honor to humanity."
-- William James
"At this exposition [the Parliament of Religions], the Swami
charmed audiences with his magical oratory, and left an indelible mark on America's
-- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Institution (from "Abroad in America: Visitors to the New Nation")
"It was the voice of the ancient rishis of the Vedas,
speaking sweet words of love and toleration."
-- The Brooklyn Standard