JAMES ALLEN QUOTES

British writer (1864-1912)

A man remains ignorant because he loves ignorance, and chooses ignorant thoughts; a man becomes wise because he loves wisdom and chooses wise thoughts.

JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil

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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.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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

JAMES ALLEN, The Divine Companion

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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 his looking-glass.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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Do not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for living rightly today.

JAMES ALLEN, Byways of Blessedness

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Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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If you would have your home and your surroundings happy, be happy. You can transform everything around you if you will transform yourself.

JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil

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Many give way when success is assured, and rapidly fall back into failure.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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Human life when rightly lived is simple ... but it is not rightly lived while it is bound to a complexity of lusts, desires, and wants -- these are not the real life but the burning fever and painful disease which originate in an unenlightened condition of mind.

JAMES ALLEN, Byways of Blessedness

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The dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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You are the thinker of your thoughts and as such you are the maker of yourself and condition. Thought is causal and creative, and appears in your character and life in the form of results. There are no accidents in your life. Both its harmonies and antagonisms are the responsive chords of your thoughts. A man thinks, and his life appears.

JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil

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Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the 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.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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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.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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Joy comes and fills the self-emptied heart; it abides with the peaceful; its reign is with the pure.

JAMES ALLEN, Morning and Evening Thoughts

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The source and cause of all temptation is in the inward desire; that being purified or eliminated, outward objects and extraneous powers are utterly powerless to move the soul to sin or to temptation.

JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil

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