James Allen

James
Allen
1864
1912

British Philosophical Writer known for Inspirational Books, Poetry and a Pioneer Of The Self-Help Movement, Best Known for As A Man Thinketh

Author Quotes

Happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.

He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free.

If you cannot afford a carpet, let your rooms be carpeted with smiles and welcomes, fastened down with the nails of kind words driven in with the hammer of patience. Such a carpet will not fade in the sun, and constant use will never wear it away.

It is the custom in my household, during the hard frosts of winter, to put out food for the birds, and it is a noticeable fact that these creatures, when they are really starving, live together most amicably, huddling together to keep each other warm, and refraining from all strife; and if a small quantity of food be given them they will eat it with comparative freedom from contention; but let a quantity of food which is more than sufficient for all be thrown to them, and fighting over the coveted supply at once ensues. Occasionally we would put out a whole loaf of bread, and then the contention of the birds became fierce and prolonged, although there was more than they could possibly eat during several days. Some, having gorged themselves until they could eat no more, would stand upon the loaf and hover round it, pecking fiercely at all newcomers, and endeavoring to prevent them from obtaining any of the food. And along with this fierce contention there was noticeably a great fear. With each mouthful of food taken, the birds would look around in nervous terror, apprehensive of losing their food or their lives.

Man is always the master, even in his weaker and most abandoned 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. Only by much searching and mining, are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul; and that he is the maker of his character, the molder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others, and upon his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation, and utilizing his every experience, even to the most trivial, everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is Understanding, Wisdom, Power. In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute that He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened; for only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge.

Mediation centered upon divine realities is the very essence and soul of prayer.

One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves.

Self-seeking is self-destruction.

The curtailing of one's desires is the beginning of wisdom; their entire mastery its consumption.

The man of desire needs the promise of reward to urge him to action. He is as a child working for the possession of a toy.

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which 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 will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step.

Those who cherish a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in their hearts, will one day realize it.

To think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all - such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.

Would you scale the highest heaven, would you pierce the lowest hell, live in dreams of constant beauty, or in basest thinkings dwell. For your thoughts are heaven above you, and your thoughts are hell below, bliss is not, except in thinking, torment nought but thought can know. Worlds would vanish but for thinking; glory is not but in dreams; and the drama of the ages from the thought eternal streams. Dignity and shame and sorrow, pain and anguish, love and hate are but maskings of the mighty pulsing thought that governs fate. As the colors of the rainbow makes the one uncolored beam, so the universal changes

Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

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

He who has seen the light does not choose to walk in darkness.

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.

Joy cannot remain with the selfish; it is wedded to Love.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

Meditation is the intense dwelling, in thought, upon an idea or theme, with the object of thoroughly comprehending it, and whatsoever you constantly meditate upon you will not only come to understand, but will grow more and more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated into your very being, will become, in fact, your very self. If, therefore, you constantly dwell upon that which is selfish and debasing, you will ultimately become selfish and debased; if you ceaselessly think upon that which is pure and unselfish you will surely become pure and unselfish.

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,

Spiritual achievements are the consummation of holy aspirations.

The cynic sees the hat and coat, and thinks he sees the man. The sympathetic seer sees the man, and is not concerned with the hat and coat.

First Name
James
Last Name
Allen
Birth Date
1864
Death Date
1912
Bio

British Philosophical Writer known for Inspirational Books, Poetry and a Pioneer Of The Self-Help Movement, Best Known for As A Man Thinketh