Prentice Mulford


American Author and Literary Humorist, Helped found the New Thought Movement

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Cynicism is born of repulsion and personal prejudice carried to its extreme. The cynic ends by finding everybody unbearable and at last hates himself.

No force is more subtle in its workings, nor more powerful to bring results for good or ill than the steady output of thought from one or several minds combined.

The science of happiness lies in controlling our thought and getting thought from sources of healthy life.

You can live neither healthfully nor comfortably, unless with those whose thought-atmosphere (a literal emanation from them) is similar to your own. Physical relationship may or may not furnish such at atmosphere. Compel a laboring man whose thought goes little beyond his eating, drinking and daily round of work, to live exclusively with a company of artists and philosophers, seeing none of his own kind and order of thought?

Demand imperiously and persistently any quality of character in which you may be lacking, and you will attract increase of such quality. Demand more patience or decision, more judgment or courage, more hopefulness or exactness, and you will increase in such qualities. These qualities are real elements. They belong to the subtler, and as yet unrecognized, chemistry of Nature.

No quality of mind is more needful to success in all undertakings than courage, and by courage I mean not only courage to act but courage to think.

The surest way for a young woman to become ugly is to be discontented, peevish, cross, complaining and envious of others.

Your thoughts shape your face, and give it its peculiar expression. Your thoughts determine the attitude, carriage, and shape of your whole body. The law for beauty and the law for perfect health is the same. Both depend entirely on the state of your mind; or, in other words, on the kind of thoughts you most put out and receive. Ugliness of expression comes of unconscious transgressions of a law, be the ugliness in the young or the old. Any form of decay in a human body, any form of weakness, anything in the personal appearance of a man or woman which makes them repulsive to you, is because their prevailing mood of mind has made them so.

Every mind trains itself, generally unconsciously, to its peculiar character or quality of thought. Whatever that training is, it cannot be immediately changed. We may have trained our minds unconsciously to nourish evil or troubled thought. We may never have realized that brooding over disappointment, living in a grief, dreading a loss, fretting for fear this or that might not succeed as we wish, was building up a destructive force which has bled away our strength, created disease, unfitted us for business, and caused us loss of money and possibly loss of friends.

No real or lasting good comes of any gift bestowed on another unless the heart goes with it.

There are thousands of things, events and scenes in your past life which it is more profitable to forget than to remember. By so forgetting you allow entrance for new idea, which is new life. By remembering you prevent the coming to you of such new idea and life.

Every order of mind or quality of thought must have association with a corresponding order of mind and quality of thought, or it will suffer.

None of us can expect to believe and live up to new laws, principles, or methods of life all at once. Though convinced of their truth, there is an unyielding, stubborn part of us which is hostile to them. That part is our material mind or mind of the body. There is a supreme power and ruling force which pervades and rules the boundless universe. You are a part of this power. You as a part have the faculty of bringing to you by constant silent desire, prayer, or demand more and more of the qualities, belongings, and characteristics of this power. Every thought of yours is a real thing--a force (say this over to yourself twice). Every thought of yours is literally building for you something for the future of good or ill.

There is a sense in the tree which feels your love and responds to it. It does not respond or show its pleasure in our way or in any way we can now understand.

Every regret, every mournful thought, takes so much out of your life. It is force used to pile on more misery.

Nothing damages the individual more than self-deprecation, and many a child Is weighted down with the elements of failure before it goes into the world through years of scolding, snubbing, and telling it that it is a worthless being.

There is a supreme power and ruling force which pervades and rules the boundless Universe. You are a part of this power.

Fear is but another name for lack of power to control our minds, or, in other words, to control the kind of thought we think or put out.

Our thought is the unseen magnet, ever attracting its correspondence in things seen and tangible.

There is a vast amount of unconscious tyranny exercised through the ties of physical relationship.

Gossip is fascinating. There is an exhilaration in scandal and the raking over of our friend?s or neighbor?s or enemy?s faults is almost equal to that produced by champagne. But in the end we pay dearly for these pleasures.

Our unseen and unspoken thought is ever flowing from us, an element and force, real as the stream of water which we can see, or the current of electricity which we cannot see. It blends with the thought of others, and out of such combination new qualities of thought are formed, as in the mixture of chemicals there are formed new substances.

There is always a bit of fear where there is a bit of hurry.

Hospitality is expected from relatives, when to expect hospitality is to make such entertainment the result of a demand.

Parents sometimes forget that after the child emerges from the utter physical and mental helplessness of infancy, it is becoming more and more an individual.

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American Author and Literary Humorist, Helped found the New Thought Movement