James Allen Quotes



"Perfect Love is perfect Peace."

"A man is literally what he thinks."

"The greatest souls are the most gentle."

"There is no bondage in the Heavenly Life."

"To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve."

"The toil of life ceases when the heart is pure."

"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."

"Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him."

"Truth can only be apprehended by the conquest of self."

"The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do."

"Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit."

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become."

"No man is hindered by another; he is only hindered by himself."

"Where passion is, peace is not; where peace is, passion is not."

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

"The very fact that you are a complainer, shows that you deserve your lot."

"As the fruit to the tree and the water to the spring, so is action to thought."

"A man does not live until he begins to discipline himself; he merely exists."

"Before the true can be apprehended and enjoyed, the false must be unveiled;"

"The rich and the poor alike suffer for their own selfishness; and none escapes."

"We can only sympathize with others in so far as we have conquered ourselves."

"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration."

"All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts."

"You do not live your life in the mass; you live it in the fragments and from these the mass emerges."

"Half-hearted and premature resolution is no resolution at all, and is shattered at the first difficulty."

"For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?"

"Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it."

"No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it."

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

"A man must first of all be willing to lose himself (his self-seeking self) before he can find himself (his Divine Self)."

"Belief is the basis of all action, and, this being so, the belief which dominates the hearts or mind is shown in the life."

"Passion and prejudice are blind, and cannot discriminate: they are still crucifying the Christ and releasing Barabbas."

"In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result."

"Obedience to the Law means the destruction of sin and self, and the realization of unclouded joy and undying peace."

"Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound."

"Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results."

"Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by Knowledge; selfishness by Love."

"Prejudice and ill-will are complete barriers to the giving of sympathy, while pride and vanity are total barriers to its reception."

"He who masters the small becomes the rightful possessor of the great. He who is mastered by the small can achieve no superlative victory."

"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."

"He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."

"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."

"The righteous man is invincible. No enemy can possibly overcome or confound him; and he needs no other protection than that of his own integrity and holiness."

"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 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 man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth."

"The only difference between the life of the beast and that of the undisciplined man is that the man has a wider variety of desires, and experiences a greater intensity of suffering."

"The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who, having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat."

"He is brave who conquers another; but he who conquers himself is supremely noble. He who is victorious over another may, in turn, be defeated; but he who overcomes himself will never be subdued."

"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."

"Prejudice is destructive of kindness, sympathy, love and true judgment, and the strength of a man's prejudice will be the measure of his harshness and unkindness toward others, for prejudice and cruelty are inseparable."

"The strife of the world in all its forms, whether it be war, social or political quarrelling, sectarian hatred, private disputes or commercial competition, has its origin in one common cause, namely, individual selfishness."

"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."

"Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err."

"When temptation is understood and conquered, perfection is assured, and such perfection may become any man's who is willing to cast every selfish and impure desire by which he is possessed, into the sacrificial fire of knowledge."

"The great need of the soul, then, is the need of this permanent principle, called righteousness, on which it may stand securely and restfully amid the tempest of earthly existence, no more bewildered, and whereon it may build the mansion of a beautiful, peaceful, and perfect life."

"As it is impossible for evil to overcome Good, so the righteous man can never be brought low by the unrighteous. Slander, envy, hatred, malice can never reach him, nor cause him any suffering, and those who try to injure him only succeed ultimately in bringing ignominy upon themselves."

"A man should be superior to his possessions, his body, his circumstances and surroundings, and the opinions of others, and their attitude towards him. Until he is this, he is not strong and steadfast. He should also rise superior to his own desires and opinions; and until he is this, he is not wise."

"The man who conquers another by force is strong; the man who conquers himself by Meekness is mighty. He who conquers another by force will himself likewise be conquered; he who conquers himself by meekness will never be overthrown, for the human cannot overcome the divine."

"The slanderer, the backbiter, and the wrong-doer may seem to succeed for a time, but the Law of Justice prevails; the man of integrity may seem to fail for a time, but he is invincible, and in none of the worlds, visible or invisible, can there be forged a weapon that shall prevail against him."

"Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this-that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny."

"It is one of the paradoxes of Truth that we gain by giving up; we lose by greedily grasping. Every gain in virtue necessitates some loss in vice; every accession of holiness means some selfish pleasure yielded up; and every forward step on the path of Truth demands the forfeit of some self-assertive error."

"Resolution is the directing and impelling force in individual progress. Without it no substantial work can be accomplished. Not until a man brings resolution to bear upon his life does he consciously and rapidly develop, for a life without resolution is a life without aims, and a life without aims is a drifting and unstable thing."

"To suggest that any degree of blessedness may be extracted from difficulties and perplexities will doubtless appear absurd to many; but truth is ever paradoxical, and the curses of the foolish are the blessings of the wise. Difficulties arise in ignorance and weakness, and they call for the attainment of knowledge and the acquisition of the strength."

"Do not say that your surroundings are against you. A man's surroundings are never against him; they are there to aid him, and all those outward occurrences over which you lose sweetness and peace of mind are the very conditions necessary to your development, and it is only by meeting and overcoming them that you can learn, and grow, and ripen. The fault is in yourself."

"Let the man of integrity rejoice and be glad when he is severely tried; let him be thankful that he has been given an opportunity of proving his loyalty to the noble principles which he has espoused; and let him think: "Now is the hour of holy opportunity! Now is the day of triumph for Truth! Though I lose the whole world I will note desert the right!" So thinking, he will return good for evil, and will think compassionately of the wrong-doer."

"A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself."

"Let a man start in business without having in his mind a perfectly formed plan to systematically pursue and he will be incoherent in his efforts and will fail in his business operations. The laws which must be observed in the building of a house also operate in the building up of a business. A definite plan is followed by coherent effort; and coherent effort is followed by well-knit and orderly results - to wit, completeness, perfection, success, happiness."

Compiled by Thomas George