James Allen quotes page 1
1864 - 1912, British author
Mind is the master-power that moulds and makes,
And man is mind, and evermore 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 a looking-glass.
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thoughts he forges weapons by which
he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly
mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought,
man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he
descends below the level of the beast.
The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a
man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of
his life. A man is literally What He Thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his
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.
In the bark of your soul reclines the Commanding Master; He does not sleep: wake Him.
Self-control is strength; right thought is mastery; calmness is power. Say unto your heart,
"Peace, be still!"
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 all delightful conditions, all, heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain
true to them, your world will at last be built.
A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped, and even then
the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the
strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.
Thought and character are one, and as a character can only manifest and discover itself
through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person's life will always be
found to to be harmoniously related to his inner state.
Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that
individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being.
Calmness and patience can become habitual by first grasping, through effort, a calm and
patient thought, and then continously thinking it, and living in it, until "use becomes second
nature," and anger and impatience pass away for ever.
Evil and weakness are self destructive. The universe is girt with goodness and strength, and it
protects the good and the strong. The angry man is the weak man.
Thou who adorest Jesus for his divine qualities, practise those qualities thyself, and thou too
shalt be divine.
By curbing his tongue, a man gains possession of his mind. The fool babbles, gossips, argues,
and bandies words. He glories in the fact that he has had the last word, and has silenced his
opponent. He exults in his own folly, is ever on the defensive, and wastes his energies in
unprofitable channels. He is like a gardener who continues to dig and plant in unproductive
soil. The wise man avoids idle words, gossips, vain argument, and self-defence. He is content
to appear defeated; rejoices when he is defeated; knowing that, having found and removed
another error in himself, he has thereby become wiser. Blessed is he who does not strive for
the last word.
You are the creator of your own shadows; you desire, and then you grieve; renounce, and
then you shall rejoice.
There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice, and a man's worldly success will
be in the measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts, and fixes his mind on the
development of his plans, and the strengthening of his resolution and self-reliance.
As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs
from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.
He only finds peace who conquers himself, who strives, day by day, after greater
self-possession, greater self-control, greater calmness of mind.
The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be
deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body
sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it
becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts inevitably bring
about right results.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your
thoughts take you.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves;
they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail
to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is true of earthly as of heavenly
things. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great
personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would
realize a strong and well-poised life.
The will to evil and the will to good
Are both within thee, which wilt thou employ?
Thou knowest what is right and what is wrong,
Which wilt thou love and foster? Which destroy?
I say this - and know it to be truth - that circumstances can only affect you in so far as you
allow them to do so. You are swayed by circumstances because you have not a right
understanding of the nature, use, and power of thought. You believe (and upon this little
word BELIEF hang all our joys and sorrows) that outward things have the power to make or
mar your life; by doing so you submit to those outward things, confess that you are their
slave, and they your unconditional master. By doing so you invest them with a power which
they do not themselves possess, and you succumb, in reality not to the circumstances, but
to the gloom or gladness, the fear or hope, the strength or weakness, which your
thought-sphere has thrown around them.
By the power of faith every enduring work is accomplished.