James Allen quotes page 2
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that
it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its
unchastened desires - and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.
The "divinity that shapes our ends" is in ourselves; it is our very self.
Do not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy
and mind left for living rightly today, and do not think that the sins of yesterday can prevent
you from living purely today.
You will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.
That which you would be and hope to be, you may be now. Non-accomplishment resides in
your perpetual postponement, and, having the power to postpone, you also have the power
to accomplish - to perpetually accomplish: realize this truth, and you shall be to-day, and
every day, the ideal being of whom you dreamed. Say to yourself, "I will live in my Ideal now;
I will manifest my Ideal now; and all that tempts me away from my Ideal I will not listen to; I
will listen only to the voice of my Ideal."
And I may stand where health, success, and power
Await my coming, if, each fleeting hour
I cling to love and patience; and abide
With stainlessness; and never step aside
From high integrity; so shall I see
At last the land of immortality.
Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit - and man is his own gardener.
Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of
continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like
thought. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued
harbouring of grovelling thoughts.
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.
As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.
Cease to be a disobedient child in the school of experience, and begin to learn, with humility
and patience, the lessons that are set for your ultimate perfection.
To the degree that you believe, you will achieve.
In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is
the measure of the result. Chance is not.
Renunciation precedes happiness. The permanent happiness which men seek in dissipation,
excitement, and abondonment to unworthy pleasures, is found only in the life which reverses
all this - the life of self-control.
A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
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.
People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Before the divine radiance of a pure heart all darkness vanishes and all clouds melt away,
and he who has conquered self has conquered the universe.
To stand face to face with truth; to arrive, after innumerable wanderings and pains, at
wisdom and bliss; not to be finally defeated and cast out, but to ultimately triumph over
every inward foe - such is man's divine destiny, such his glorious goal; and this, every saint,
sage, and savior has declared.
Whatever your task may be, concentrate your whole mind upon it; throw into it all the
energy of which you are capable. The faultless completion of small tasks, leads inevitably to
larger tasks. See to it that you rise by steady climbing, and you will never fall.
No man is hindered by another; he is only hindered by himself. No man suffers because of
another; he suffers only because of himself.
The dreamers are the saviors of the world.
He who comprehends the utter simplicity of life, who obeys its laws, and does not step aside
into the dark paths and complex mazes of selfish desire, stands where no harm can reach him.
Having clothed himself with humility, the first questions a man asks himself are: "How am I
acting towards others?" "What am I doing to others?" "How am I thinking of others?" "Are my
thoughts of, and acts towards others prompted by unselfish love?" As a man, in the silence of
his soul, asks himself these searching questions, he will unerringly see where he has hitherto
The man who thinks hateful thoughts brings hatred upon himself. The man who thinks loving
thoughts is loved.
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. Doubt has killed more splendid
projects, shattered more ambitious schemes, strangled more effective geniuses, neutralized
more superb efforts, blasted more fine intellects, thwarted more splendid ambitions than any
other enemy of the human race.