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James Allen Quotes

English author and poet.
(1864 - 1912)

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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.

A man is literally what he thinks.

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.

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

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

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

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.

As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.

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.

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

Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.

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

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.

If there is no peace, there must be strength; if there is to be security, there must be stability; if there is to be lasting joy, there must be no leaning upon things which at any moment may be snatched away for ever. (Byways of Blessedness)

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.

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

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

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