James Allen quotes page 3
The weakest soul, knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth - that strength can
only be developed by effort and practice, will, thus believing, at once begin to exert itself,
and, adding effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease
to develop, and will at last grow divinely strong. As the physically weak man can make himself
strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong
by exercising himself in right thinking.
A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers
and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the
wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits
of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers
that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
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.
The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts; he also brings upon
himself the sufferings, which his vices produce. The dishonest man likewise garners his own
suffering and happiness.
A man does not come to the pothouse or the gaol by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but
by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires.
Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abondoned state; but in his weakness
and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household." When he begins to
reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the law upon which his being is
established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and
fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus
become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter
of application, self-analysis, and experience.
Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.