27 Superb James Allen Quotes

James Allen was a British philosopher known for his inspirational books and self-help movement pioneered in some of his best known work, ‘As a Man Thinketh.’ Here is a look at some of the top James Allen quotes to get you inspired.

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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


“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you 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.”

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

“Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.”

“Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.”

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

“If you real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are.”

“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.”

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

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

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

“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 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.”

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

“They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.”

“To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”

“When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of least resistance and to fall into easy channels, it is called weakness.”

“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.”

“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts inevitably bring about right results.”

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

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

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