The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda contains almost every recorded word that emanated from Swami Vivekananda in the form of speeches, interviews, sayings, writings, letters or poems. Undoubtedly these are the very words that prompted the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Romain Rolland to say-
"I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of this book at thirty distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shock, what transport, must have been produced when, in burning words, they issued from the lips of the hero!"
These are the very words that prompted the world renowned father of the Indian Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, whose love for India can hardly be understated to say-
"... after having gone through [his works], the love that I had for my country became a."
And the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to say,
"His whole life and teaching inspired my"
The Complete Works is a reference material setting down a broad charter for modern Hinduism in general and their influence on modern Hindu thought cannot be understated; and Sister Nivedita's words truly express what it would have been had we not had the Complete Works:
"The truths he preaches would have been as true, had he never been born. Nay more, they would have been equally authentic. The difference would have lain in their difficulty of access, in their want of modern clearness and incisiveness of statement, and in their loss of mutual coherence and unity. Had he not lived, texts that today will carry the bread of life to thousands might have remained the obscure disputes of scholars. He taught with authority, and not as one of the Pundits. For he himself had plunged to the depths of the realization which he preached, and he came back like Ramanuja only to tell its secrets to the pariah, the outcast, and the foreigner."
A 8 volume and 4600 page must read for anyone seriously interested in Vedantic thought!