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The Light of ReasonNovember 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. November 1st, 1904 No. 5 He who stands alone will stand where other fall. —Oswald Godman There are times in the life of every man who takes his stand on high moral principles when his faith in, and knowledge…
Perhaps one of the most difficult of all virtues to act up to, and to bring into bearing upon the everyday of life, is moral courage. And it is surprising how many estimable and conscientious men and women lack this absolute essential to a really true life. It is such…
Let us not so live in the airy clouds of theory as to be incapable of practical work. A man may be able to think subtly on metaphysical subjects, may be able to argue ever so cunningly, yet may not be practical. Above all things let our ideals and aspirations…
Whosoever shall not accept the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. —Mark 10:15 & Luke 18:17 Weary of thought, and tired of books and learning,Oppressed in mind with endless questioning,For my lost childhood’s faith my soul is yearning,And for the peace which that alone…
Plutarch As the shadow is reflected in the sun’s rays, so do we find the shadow of Plutarch reflected in his famous "Lives of Illustrious Men." The true character of the man, his beautiful morality and integrity, his nobleness of mind and deep philosophy shine forth in everything he says.…
I gave a beggar from my little storeOf well-earned gold.  He spent the shining oreAnd came again and yet again still coldAnd hungry as before. I gave a thought, and through that thought of mineHe found himself, the man, supreme, divine!Fed, clothed and crowned with blessings manifold,And now he begs…
We often hear it said that Seeing is Believing. But this is not true. When, for instance, we witness an exhibition of legerdemain we do not believe the evidence of our eyes; we know that what we see is an optical illusion. The reality in that case is not what…
Force not thy fate.Contented beThen to awaitThy Destiny.Know, thou art free,Not held by chance. And if so beThings hinder thee,Do thou createThe circumstanceThat shall advanceThy state for thee. Do not believeThat fear and care,Which fools receive,Thou too shalt share;For know, we grieve,And sorrow bearThrough ignorance.
To make men free: It is with meThe dearest purpose of my heartThat I may know and do my partTo speed the cause of Liberty.—Lowell One of the greatest of God’s gifts to man, and one most dearly prized by him, is Freedom. Without it, his pleasures are baubles—his joys…
Everyone who reflects at all, knows that people are affected by the circumstances in which they are placed. But although such influence is felt, it by no means proves that man is not superior to the varying conditions of life that so often influence him. It does not require a…
Nothing shall be wasted; everything that’s trueLiveth on forever, mighty deeds to do;Though the form may vanish, in a little space,Something fairer, fresher, cometh in its place. Autumn leaves must wither that the merry spring,Strong, and bright, and youthful, her new leaves may bring;This year's hope to many younger hopes…
One of the greatest difficulties which the truth-seeker experiences on his upward path is the overcoming of dislikes. We can easily increase our love for those who are already dear to us, but we find it a very difficult task to lose sight of the wrongs done to us by…
Bitterness in a man’s outlook upon life is the result of combined egotism and blindness. The thought must be shallow and sluggish to become embittered by any personal or observed experience, for the truly thoughtful man recognizes that Life was not created to the end of his personal convenience or…
We must know before we can love. Sympathy in application to every condition of life is a necessity, and the only way to a true realization of Pure Love. It is necessary that it should penetrate into those states which we are at first inclined to regard with repugnance, and…
When over the fair fame of friend or foeThe shadow of disgrace shall fall, insteadOf words of blame, or proof of thus and so,Let something good be said. Forget not that no fellow-being yetMay fall so low but love may lift his head;Even the cheek of shame with tears is…

Sight

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As there is a very great difference in the sight of different persons as to the outward vision, so there is in the inward or spiritual sight. We are all well aware that if we look at the same scene or view each one of us sees it differently, not…
A rich heart lives life in moments. —Spielhagen The history of a man is his character. —Goethe The good man never thinks about himself but last. —Schiller There is only one way to approach the excellences of great men—by love. —Goethe He who doeth well the little things,Some day will…
F. R.—You say, "I wish you would tell me whether you believe there is an actual personal God who directs the course of the universe, or whether God is only Good...I want to know what God is. I cannot think he is a Person, it is too vague, and yet…