Who the hell is James Allen?

James Allen was a British philosopher known for the inspirational book As a Man Thinketh. He was a pioneer in the self-help movement.

Books by James Allen

Quotes by James Allen

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

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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 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 the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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

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

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Do not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for living rightly today, and do not think that the sins of yesterday can prevent you from living purely today.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Evil and weakness are self destructive. The universe is girt with goodness and strength, and it protects the good and the strong. The angry man is the weak man.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

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

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit – and man is his own gardener.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“He only finds peace who conquers himself, who strives, day by day, after greater self-possession, greater self-control, greater calmness of mind.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“No man is hindered by another; he is only hindered by himself. No man suffers because of another; he suffers only because of himself.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ”

James Allen

“Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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

“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.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state... Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“Thou who adorest Jesus for his divine qualities, practise those qualities thyself, and thou too shalt be divine.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“To the degree that you believe, you will achieve.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

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

James Allen As a Man Thinketh

“You will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.”

James Allen As a Man Thinketh