Quotes by James Allen (Author/British).

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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.
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A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
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No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
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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.
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Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
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No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it.
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Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
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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.
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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.
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A man is literally what he thinks.
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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.
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A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
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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.
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To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
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As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.
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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.
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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.
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When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of least resistance and to fall into easy channels, it is called weakness.
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The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
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For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
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In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.
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Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.
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Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.
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Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
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Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts inevitably bring about right results.
• James Allen

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