James Allen – A Noble and Godlike Character is Not a Thing of Favor or Chance

“A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the direct result of continued effort in right-thinking, the effect of long-cherished associations with godlike thoughts.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen on Prayer

“Meditation centered upon divine realities is the very essence and soul of prayer. It is the silent reaching of the soul towards the Eternal. More petitionary prayer without meditation is a body without a soul, and is powerless to lift the mind and heart above sin and affliction.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen – We Become What We Most Constantly Think

“There is an unavoidable tendency to become literally the embodiment of that quality upon which one most constantly thinks. Let, therefore, the object of your meditation be above and not below, so that every time you revert to it in thought you will be lifted up; let it be pure and unmixed with any selfish element; so shall your heart become purified and drawn nearer to truth, and not defiled and dragged more hopelessly into error.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen – I Will Tell You What Place of Pain or Peace You Are Travelling

“Tell me what it is upon which you most frequently and intensely think, that to which, in your waking hours your soul most naturally turns, and I will tell you to what place of pain or peace you are traveling, and whether you are growing into the likeness of the divine or the bestial.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen on Meditation

“Meditation in the intense dwelling, in thought, upon an idea or them, with object of thoroughly comprehending it, and whatsoever you constantly meditate upon you will not only come to understand, but you will grow more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated into your very being, will become, in fact, your very self. If, therefore, you constantly dwell upon that which is selfish and debasing, you will ultimately become selfish and debased: If you ceaselessly think upon that which is pure and unselfish you will surely become pure and unselfish.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen – Man is a Thought Being

“Man is a thought-being, and his life and character are determined by the thoughts in which habitually dwells. By practice, association, and habit, thoughts tend to repeat themselves with greater and greater ease and frequency. And so “fix” the character in a given direction by producing that automatic action which is called “habit”.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen on Building Self-Control

“This powerful focusing of one’s thought and energy and will upon the doing of things is difficult – but daily efforts, strenuously made and patiently followed up, will soon lead to such a measure of self-control as will enable one to bring a strong and penetrating mind to bear upon any work undertaken: a mind that will quickly comprehend all the details of the work, and disposes of them with accuracy and dispatch. He will thus, as his concentrative capacity increases, enlarge his usefulness in the scheme of things, and increase his value to the world, thus inviting nobler opportunities, and opening the door to higher duties, he will also experience the joy of a wider and fuller life.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, Vol. 2

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James Allen – A Man Cannot Be Separated From His Mind

“A man cannot be separated from his mind. His life cannot be separated from his thoughts. Mind, thought and life are as inseparable as light radiance and color… It follows that deliberately to change the thoughts is to change the man.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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C.S. Lewis on The Consequences of Our Actions

“Satan wants us to think as little as possible about the eternal consequences of actions.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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George Norlin on the Benefits of Wise Thought

“I have often wondered that those who convene the great festivals and have established athletic contests, have deemed physical excellence worthy of such great rewards, and yet to those who have individually toiled for the public good, and have so formed their minds as to be able to benefit others as well as themselves, to these, I say, they have allotted no honour for whom they ought to have had more consideration; for if the athletes were to acquire twice the strength they possess, no advantage would accrue to other men; but if one man were to conceive a wise thought all would reap the enjoyment of his understanding who were willing to share in it.” Isocrates, George Norlin, tr., Isocrates, 3 vols. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1968).

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