James Allen Quotes

Who 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.

Born November 28, 1864
Died January 24, 1912

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

As a Man Thinketh Quotes

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

As a Man Thinketh

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

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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“Curiosity is the most unspiritual of all the faults of the human mind.”


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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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

As a Man Thinketh

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

As a Man Thinketh

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

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.”

As a Man Thinketh

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

As a Man Thinketh

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

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“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”


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