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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From Our Correspondence Circle, No. 2

"Earnest doubters are, perhaps, only skeptical of the accretions which time has gathered about the original gem of Faith, and if they could hear the glad tidings of a religion which harmonizes with Science, and which only sees its God more glorious as it learns more of His marvelous ways, they would find peace in an assured Faith very much simpler and more real than the superstitions out of which they have struggled."

"When I go into the dirtier, more squalid parts of the large cities, a great depression comes over me, and I wonder how the people whose lot it is to dwell in these live on. But I think and hope that in the dreariest, most sordid lot there are little pleasures and compensations which, of course, to us would not seem such, and it may be that these 'hewers of wood and drawers of water' do not find life more dull than the overfed, overdressed, too much amused rich."

"Let me try to explain what Mr. Allen means by that statement, 'Where self is Truth is not'...The selfhood that he means is that that would allow itself to benefit in the least degree by another's suffering. Now, fairly considered, this is a tremendous matter in all its bearings; so tremendous that, perhaps, mortals may do no more than attain varying degrees of unselfishness; but the grand point is that the degrees give results. A simple and sure way of testing all our actions (and this is what is meant by getting outside self) is to view them as if in another particular person."

"Can anything be more awfully mysterious and yet more uplifting than that grand truth of God's immanence in all His creatures? This not only links us to our fellow man but to the whole creation."

"It is always spring when one's heart is in tune."

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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