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Morning and Evening Thoughts

Morning and Evening Thoughts

This book was published in 1909. It is similar to The Book of Meditations, it provides a thought for each morning and evening of the day for a month.  It was compiled by his wife, Lily.

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Preface

In going through the books written by James Allen, to cull from them these Morning and Evening Thoughts, I have felt over and over again the force of the truth contained in every page; and knowing, as I do, the writer as no one else knows him; seeing him as I have, for many years…
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First Day

Morning In aiming at the life of blessedness, one of the simplest beginnings to be considered, and rightly made, is that which we all make every day—namely, the beginning of each day’s life. There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life, in which one can…
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Second Day

Morning None but right acts can follow right thoughts; none but a right life can follow right acts; and by living a right life all blessedness is achieved. Mind is the Master-power that moulds and makes. And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills, brings forth…
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Third Day

Morning To follow, under all circumstances, the highest promptings within you; to be always true to the divine self; to reply upon the inward voice, the inward light, and to pursue your purpose with a fearless and restful heart, believing that the future will yield unto you the need of every thought and effort; knowing…
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Fourth Day

Morning When the tongue is well controlled and wisely subdued; when selfish impulses and unworthy thoughts no longer rush to the tongue demanding utterance; when the speech has become harmless, pure, gracious, gentle, and purposeful, and no word is uttered but in sincerity and truth—then are the five steps in virtuous speech accomplished, then is…
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Fifth Day

Morning To dwell in love always and towards all is to live the true life, is to have Life itself. Knowing this, the good man gives up himself unreservedly to the Spirit of Love, and dwells in Love towards all, contending with none, condemning none, but loving all. The Christ Spirit of Love puts an…
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Sixth Day

Morning In the pure heart there is no room left where personal judgments and hatreds can find lodgment, for it is filled to overflowing with tenderness and love; it sees no evil, and only as men succeed in seeing no evil in others will they become free from sin, and sorrow, and suffering. If men…
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Seventh Day

Morning The will to evil and the will to good are both within thee, which wilt thou employ?Thou knowest what is right and what is wrong, which wilt though love and foster, which destroy?Thou art the chooser of thy thoughts and deeds; thou art the maker of thine inward state; the power is thine to…
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Eighth Day

Morning Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought man ascends to the Divine…
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Ninth Day

Morning Whatever conditions are rendering your life burdensome, you may pass out of and beyond them by developing and utilizing within you the transforming power of self-purification and self-conquest. Before the divine radiance of a pure heart all darkness vanishes and all clouds melt away, and he who has conquered self has conquered the universe.…
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Tenth Day

Morning Every thought you think is a force sent out. Whatever your position in life may be, before you can hope to enter into any measure of success, usefulness, and power, you must learn how to focus your thought forces by cultivating calmness and repose. There is no difficulty, however great, but will yield before…
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Eleventh Day

Morning Be as a flower; content to be, to grow in sweetness day by day. If thou would’st perfect thyself in knowledge, perfect thyself in Love. If thou would’st reach the Highest, ceaselessly cultivate a loving and compassionate heart. To him who chooses Goodness, sacrificing all, is given that which is more than, and includes,…
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Twelfth Day

Morning Every man reaps the results of his own thoughts and deeds, and suffers for his own wrong. He who begins right, and continues right, does not need to desire, and search for felicitous results; they are already at hand; they follow as consequences; they are the certainties, the realities, of life. Sweet is the…
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Thirteenth Day

Morning As darkness is a passing shadow, and light is a substance that remains, so sorrow is fleeting, but joy abides for ever. No true thing can pass away and become lost; no false thing can remain and be preserved. Sorrow is false, and it cannot live; joy is true, and it cannot die. Joy…
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Fourteenth Day

Morning In speaking of self-control, one is easily misunderstood. It should not be associated with a destructive repression, but with a constructive expression. A man is happy, wise and great in the measure that he controls himself; he is wretched, foolish, and mean in the measure that he allows his animal nature to dominate his…
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Fifteenth Day

Morning If men only understood that their hatred and resentment slays their peace and sweet contentment, hurts themselves, helps not another, does not cheer one lonely brother, they would seek the better doing of good deeds which leaves no ruing—if they only understood. If men only understood how Love conquers; how prevailing is its might,…
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Sixteenth Day

Morning Let a man realize that life in its totality proceeds from the mind, and lo, the way of blessedness is opened up to him! For he will then discover that he possesses the power to rule his mind and to fashion it in accordance with his Ideal. So will he elect to strongly and…
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Seventeenth Day

Morning There is no strife, no selfishness, in the Kingdom; there is perfect harmony, equipoise, and rest. Those who live in the Kingdom of Love, have all their needs supplied by the Law of Love. As self is the root cause of all strife and suffering, so Love is the root cause of all peace…
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Eighteenth Day

Morning The gospel of Jesus is a gospel of living and doing. If it were not this it would not voice the Eternal Truth. Its Temple is Purified Conduct, the entrance-door to which is Self-surrender. It invites men to shake off sin, and promises, as a result, joy and blessedness and perfect peace. The Kingdom…
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Nineteenth Day

Morning If you are one of those who are praying for, and looking forward to a happier world beyond the grave, here is a message of gladness for you—you may enter into and realize that happy world now; it fills the whole universe, and it is within you, waiting for you to find, acknowledge, and…
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Twentieth Day

Morning Sympathy given can never be waste. One aspect of sympathy is that of pity—pity for the distressed or pain stricken, with a desire to alleviate or help them in their sufferings. The world needs more of this divine quality. “For pity makes the world soft to the weak, and noble for the strong.” Another…
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Twenty-First Day

Morning Let your heart grow and expand with ever broadening love, until, freed from all hatred, and passion, and condemnation, it embraces the whole universe with thoughtful tenderness. As the flower opens its petals to receive the morning light, so open your soul more and more to the glorious light of Truth. Soar upward on…
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Twenty-Second Day

Morning Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you will remain true to them, your world will at last…
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Twenty-Third Day

Morning He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. His purposes are seasonably planted, and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does not fall prematurely to the ground. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force:…
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Twenty-Fourth Day

Morning Not by learning will a man triumph over evil; not by much study will he overcome sin and sorrow. Only by conquering himself will he conquer evil; only by practicing righteousness will he put an end to sorrow. Not for the clever, nor the learned, nor the self-confident is the Life Triumphant, but for…
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Twenty-Fifth Day

Morning By curbing his tongue, a man gains possession of his mind. The fool babbles, gossips, argues, and bandies words. He glories in the fact that he has had the last word, and has silenced his opponent. He exults in his own folly, is ever on the defensive, and wastes his energies in unprofitable channels.…
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Twenty-Sixth Day

Morning A man will reach the Kingdom by purifying himself, and he can only do this by pursuing a process of self-examination and self-analysis. The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is…
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Twenty-Seventh Day

Morning Men go after much company, and seek out new excitements, but they are not acquainted with peace; in divers paths of pleasure they search for happiness, but they do not come to rest; through divers ways of laughter and feverish delirium they wander after gladness and life, but their tears are many and grievous,…
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Twenty-Eighth Day

Morning There is no difficulty, however great, but will yield before a calm and powerful concentration of thought and no legitimate object but may be speedily actualized by the intelligent use and direction of one’s soul forces. Whatever your task may be, concentrate your whole mind upon it; throw into it all the energy of…
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Twenty-Ninth Day

Morning If you would realize true prosperity, do not settle down, as many have done, into the belief that if you do right everything will go wrong. Do not allow the word “Competition” to shake your faith in the supremacy of righteousness. I care not what men say about the “laws of competition,” for do…
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Thirtieth Day

Morning When the farmer has tilled and dressed his land and put in the seed, he knows that he has done all that he can possibly do, and that now he must trust to the elements, and wait patiently for the course of time to bring about the harvest, and that no amount of expectancy…
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Thirty-First Day

Morning Sympathy bestowed increases its store in our own heart and enriches and fructifies our own life. Sympathy given is blessedness received; sympathy withheld is blessedness forfeited. In the measure that a man increases and enlarges his sympathy so much nearer does he approach the ideal life, the perfect blessedness; and when his heart has…
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