Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.Erich Fromm
James Allen (November 28, 1864 – 1912) was an English author and poet.
As A Man Thinketh (1902)
- 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.
- Variant: Mind is the Master Power that molds and makes, And we are mind. And ever more we take the tool of thought, and shaping what we will, bring forth a thousand joys, or a thousand ills. We think in secret, and it comes to pass, environment, is but our looking glass.
- A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
Effect of Thought on Circumstances
- The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
So you will be, what you "will" to be.
Let failure find its false content,
In that poor word "environment,"
But spirit scorns it and is free.
- The human will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless soul,
Can work away at any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.
- Be not impatient and delay,
But wait, as one who understands.
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey.
Visions and Ideals
- 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.
- Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven.
- He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.
- 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.
- To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to, achieve. Shall man's basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance? Such is not the Law: such a condition of things can never obtain: "ask and receive."
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
- 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.
- In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not. Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort; they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized.
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart — this you will build your life by, this you will become.
- Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.
- A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.
- The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.
- The strong, calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. "Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character, which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold — yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life — a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!
- A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
- A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
- Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
- All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
- Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
- Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
- For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
- Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.
- Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.
- He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
- 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.
- In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.
- Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
- Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
- Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
- No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
- No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it.
- Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.
- 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.
- The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true.
- 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.
- The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
- The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
- To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
- To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.
- 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.
- 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.
- You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration.