Earlier on March 11, 1899, when Nivedita went to see him at the new math, he had spoken of this own bold convictions:
" The history of the world is the history of a few earnest men, and when one man is earnest the world must just come to his feet. I am not going to water down my ideals; I am going to dictate terms."
- Swami Vivekananda
From Book: PROPHET AND PATHFINDER