James Allen

James Allen

James Allen (28 November 1864 – 24 January 1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass-produced since its publication in 1903. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors.

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The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.

Evil is not power, it is ignorance and misuse of good.

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence and love and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.

She was a blessing. She was an angel. She was my baby.

Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.

No one was required to have this benefit until three years ago.

Part of the reason of the survey is to look for current information on what people are doing what their risks are and what their level of knowledge is

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? .

If at the end of the week's work and on receiving his wages he were to ask his employer for a larger sum pleading that though he could not justly claim it and did not really deserve it yet he expected it he would not only receive the larger sum but would doubtless be discharged from his post. Yet in spiritual things men do not think it to be either foolish or selfish to ask for these blessings

The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced, so ignorance can only be dispersed by Knowledge, selfishness by Love.

Work joyfully and peacefully knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.

Happiness is mental harmony, unhappiness is mental inharmony.

What we know is the right thing isn't what we often do.

A man is literally what he thinks

Men do not attract what they want but what they are.

Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices but forgetting self you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth.

Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be, your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel.

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure

No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it

If a man will understand how intimately yea how inseparably self-control and happiness are associated he has but to look into his own heart and upon the world around ...Looking upon the lives of men and women he will perceive how the hasty word the bitter retort the act of deception the blind prejudice and foolish resentment bring wretchedness and even ruin in their train.

Some of the teams have been pretty tough.

It is a common error to suppose that the Higher Life is a matter of reading and the adoption of theological or metaphysical hypotheses and that Spiritual Principles can be apprehended by this method.

Jesus brooded upon the Divine imminence until at last he could declare "I and my Father are One.

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul the director of his life.

A man has to learn that he cannot command things but that he can command himself, that he cannot coerce the wills of others but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth, people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.

We want to see what's out there and is it worthwhile to take anything to the next level of funding.

We have no reason to believe there is any other usage among fire personnel

I know a lot of people think because we are a first-ring suburban town that we don't have a lot of the environmental issues you may find in a city but the reality is we do have a lot of the same issues that a city has. We both have older neighborhoods and districts that need some help.

Self is ingenious crooked and governed by subtle and snaky desire admits of endless turnings and qualifications and the deluded worshippers of self vainly imagine that they can gratify every worldly desire and at the same time possess the Truth

Above all be of single aim, have a legitimate and useful purpose and devote yourself unreservedly to it.

They couldn't figure out why people got sick. The only thing they could imagine was that there was some kind of malignant force.

It is the whole environment that is created in the doctor-patient relationship in that it is not really permissive on either side ... Neither side is encouraging the other to talk about it.

The suspicious believe everybody to be suspicious, the liar feels secure in the thought that he is not so foolish as to believe that there is such a phenomenon as a strictly truthful person, the envious see envy in every soul, the miser thinks everybody is eager to get his money,...and the abandoned sensualist looks upon the saint as a hypocrite

He who would be useful strong and happy must cease to be a passive receptacle for the negative beggarly and impure streams of thought, and as a wise householder commands his servants and invites his guests so must he learn to command his desires and to say with authority what thoughts he shall admit into the mansion of his soul.

The very fact that you are a complainer shows that you deserve your lot.

It's hard to say ... I think it is a toss up ... on what we will get.

We are reaffirming what is our policy. This is a standard package of incentives.

When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of least resistance and to fall into easy channels it is called weakness

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

When men lost in the devious ways of error and self have forgotten the "heavenly birth " ... they set up artificial standards by which to judge one another

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn the bird waits in the egg and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

On one hand given the political climate (in Amherst) I'm not shocked.

For the majority of instances where money is desired for the admitted object of blessing others the real underlying motive is a love of popularity and a desire to pose as a philanthropist or reformer....If your real desire is to do good there is no need to wait for money before you do it, you can do it now this very moment and just where you are.

Circumstances do not make the man they reveal him.

You will never do anything worthwhile in this world without courage

To begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.

Passion in all its forms is a mental thirst a fever a torturing unrest. As a fire consumes a magnificent building reducing it to a heap of unsightly ashes so are men consumed by the flames of passions and their deeds and works fall and perish.

In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result

I wouldn't have tolerated that.

When a child is learning to write it is extremely easy for it to hold the pen wrongly and to form its letters incorrectly but it is painfully difficult to hold the pen and to write properly, and this because of the child's ignorance of the art of writing which can only be dispelled by persistent effort and practice until at last it becomes natural and easy to hold the pen properly and to write correctly and difficult as well as altogether unnecessary to do the wrong thing. It is the same in the vital things of mind and life.

Good thoughts bear good fruit bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known but tries to hide them is unfit to walk the highway of truth.

One of the challenges that we have as we move forward in the early part of the 21st century is to understand how we can help people make the right choices to understand that they have real control of a lot of the health risks in their lives

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.

Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people things and other people will alter towards him.

The individual who framed this ... has preserved his proud locks of the victim's hair. He's also written underneath the first mat in a sort of dialect: 'Bo pointing to his nigger.'

Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.

The knowledge of the causal power of thought is the basis of all their (Hebrew) prophecies as it is the basis of all real wisdom and power.

People do not attract that which they want but that which they are. (To put it another way: When you stop working on what it is you're trying to get and start working on YOU only then will you get what it is you want.)

We don't have any choice but to pay it back, but it shouldn't have been borrowed to begin with.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound

A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal or it may be a worldly object according to his nature at the time being, but whichever it is he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty and should devote himself to its attainment not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies longings and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome) the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.

Before complaining that you are a slave to another be sure that you are not a slave to self. Look within,...You will find there perchance slavish thoughts slavish desires and in your daily life and conduct slavish habits. Conquer these, cease to be a slave to self and no man will have the power to enslave you.

We do not attract what we want But what we are.

If you real desire is to be good there is no need to wait for the money before you do it, you can do it now this very moment and just where you are.

The more intense the nature of a man the more readily will he find meditation and the more successfully will he practice it.

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little, he who would accomplish much must sacrifice much

All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.

It's tough right now trying to convince developers to do something in these older spots because no one's really sure what's underneath all the asphalt.

The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who having sown tares asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat.

Cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart the beauty that forms in your mind the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts for out of them will grow delightful conditions all heavenly environment, of these if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.

We hope people will walk away with the idea that this was a very frequent act of violence ... We won't be able to deny it any longer.

Where there are difficulties to cope with and unsatisfactory conditions to overcome there virtue most flourishes and manifests its glory.

As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.

What they knew about the body is quite striking though they did not always understand it.

To desire is to obtain, to aspire is to achieve.

The more tranquil a man becomes the greater is his success his influence his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.

After you get through the shock ... what lingers are the images of the perpetrators and not of the corpses and that's where the focus needs to be.

As water when transmuted into steam becomes a new, more definite and wide-reaching power, so passion when transmuted into intellectual and moral force becomes a new life, a new power, for the accomplishment of high and unfailing purposes.

Your difficulty is not contained primarily in the situation which gave rise to it but in the mental state with which you regard that situation and which you bring to bear upon it.

Often unless there is a specific problem they have to a possible STD they do not bring it up ... The physicians often don't ask about sexual function or what risky behaviors people are doing because it takes extra time and doctors themselves are sometimes not comfortable with talking about sex with their patients.

Mind is the Master/power that molds and makes and Man is Mind and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought and shaping what he wills brings forth a thousand joys a thousand ills/He thinks in secret and it comes to pass, Environment is but his looking-glass.

As we develop a regional economic-development strategy for Erie and Niagara counties we have identified tourism as one of our growth clusters. The arts and culture industry needs to be viewed as an economic-development sector.

We say use a program that is appropriate for the particular situation.

Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy and prosperous being, and happiness, health and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.

Think of your servants with kindness consider their happiness and comfort and never demand of them that extremity of service which you yourself would not care to perform were you in their place.

Many times they would lynch someone by a railroad track so that passing trains would see and pass the word on and also as a form of intimidation to people in surrounding black community.

You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration