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Editorial

The Light of ReasonSeptember 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. September 1st, 1905 No. 9 We have recently received two money orders, one from Ceylon, the other from India, without any accompanying letters to indicate who sent them or for what purpose they were sent. Will the senders of…
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Present Immortality

We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us we do not grow old but young. —Emerson Everyman is a divinity in disguise: A god playing the fool. —Emerson The greatest discovery of the nineteenth century is man's discovery of himself,…
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Preface

The year's at the Spring, And day's at the morn; Morning's at seren; The hillside's dew-pearled; The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn; God's in his heaven— All's right with the world. —Robert Browning The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that…
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Emotional Bankruptcy

The soul is raised over passion; It seeth identity and eternal causation; It is a perceiving that Truth and Right are. Hence it becomes a tranquility out of the knowing that all things go well. —Emerson We find many in middle life who are positively bankrupt in the emotions. They…
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Miserable Offenders

My peace I give unto you. —Jesus The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. And of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life. —Emerson Sunday…
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True Happiness

How happy is he born and taughtThat serveth not another's will;Whose armor is his honest thought,And simple truth his highest skill; Whose passions not his masters are;Whose soul is still prepared for death,Not tied unto the world with careOf prince's ear, or vulgar breath; Who hath his life from rumors…
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Great Thoughts

God’s gift was that man should conceive of truthAnd yearn to gain it, catching at mistakeAs midway help till he reach fact indeed. —Robert Browning The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future; and that his thoughts…
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Precious Thoughts

Manners give the whole form and colour to our lives.—Burke Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion. —Bovee By patience and perseverance the mulberry leaf becomes silk. —Chinese Proverb He who is firm in will moulds the world to himself. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Speak clearly…
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Aurea Sidera—Virgil

O heavenly stars, bright jewels of the night!How my heart aches to have your riddle solved!But there ye hang in steely permanence,Nor deign to offer one enlightening wordFrom age to age. Could we but penetrateThat mighty sea of intervening space,What spectacle of orbed magnificenceWould on us burst! Farewell, alas! the…
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Christian Atheism

We will learn one day that our own orbit is all our task, and we need not assist the administration of the universe. —Emerson God is sufficient to all mankind. No one is ever dependent for his highest good or happiness upon a fellow mortal. Each and every life is…
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Sympathy as a Vice

We come to them who weep foolishly, and sit down and cry for company, instead of imparting to them truth and health in rough electric shocks, putting them once more in communication with the soul. —Emerson It is a curious idea of friendship that demands attention to personal ills for…
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A Thought From Emerson

One of the best of men; his wordsAre radiant with the mystic lightThat never shone on land or sea;His thoughts fall like the song of birds,That even through the stormiest nightMust tell us of their ecstasy. He knew the earth-pangs, yet he soAdored the Heart that rules behind,And trod the…
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Preface

Ho, ye who suffer! know ye suffer from yourselves.None else compels no other holds you that ye live or die.—Siddartha It is only as man puts off from himself all external support and stands alone that see him to be strong and to prevail. —Emerson To all who have sought and…
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Counterfeit Bodies—A Study in Vibration

In nature all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful because it is alive, moving, reproductive. It is therefore useful because it is symmetrical and fair. —Emerson It is claimed by certain schools of metaphysicians that our bodies are counterfeits and not realities. If this were true, would…
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Patience

Everything must be taken genially, and we must be at the top of our condition to understand anything rightly. —Emerson The most unhappy man in the world is he that is not patient in adversity, for men are not killed with the adversity they have to bear, but with the impatience…
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Bric-A-Brac Bondage

The man or woman who would have remained a sunny garden flower, with no room for its roots and too much sunshine for its head, by the falling of the walls and the neglect of the gardener is made the banian of the forest, yielding shade and fruit to wide…
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Virtuous Vices

The secret of genius is to suffer no fiction to exist for us; to realize all that we know; in the high refinement of modern life, in arts, in sciences, in books, in men, to exact good faith, reality, and a purpose; and first, last, midst, and without end to…
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The Better View (Poem)

If we talk of the good that the world contains,And try our best to add to it,The evil will die of neglect by-and-by—'Tis the very best way to undo it. We preach too much and we dwell too longOn sin and sorrow and trouble;We help them to live by the…
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Pillow Thoughts—Or, Mental Sleeping Draughts

Prescription—To be taken nightly. Today I have got out of all trouble; or rather, I have cast out all trouble, for it was not outside but within, and in my opinions. —Marcus Aurelius It is well to acquaint ourselves with the laws of storms in the domain of the spirit,…
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The Finding of Wisdom (Poem)

I sought the world, but peace was not there;I courted learning, but Truth was not revealed;I sojourned with philosophy, but my heart was sore with vanity.And I cried, "Where is Peace to be found?And where is the hiding-place of Truth?"In Humility I found Peace,In the practice of Righteousness Truth was…
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The Problem of Life

He who is immersed in what concerns person or place cannot see the problem of existence. —Emerson We have heard much of the "conflict" between science and religion. There can be no inharmony between true science and true religion. The conflict is always between "sciolism" (or false science) and religion,…
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Vibratory Forces

Love took up the Harp of Life And smote all its chords with might, Smote the chord of self, which trembling Passed in music out of sight.—Tennyson The right punishment of one out of tune is to make him play in tune. —Emerson Harmony in music is a blending of…
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Foreword

Author of "How to Control Fate through Suggestion," "Not Hypnotism, But Suggestion," and Editor of NOW. The Soul looketh steadily forward, creating a world before her, leaving worlds behind her.The web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.—Emerson The potential of Life is Immortality and that…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonDecember 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. December 1st, 1904 No. 6 We shall mount, for the Ideal of today becomes the Actual of tomorrow.—J. S. F. Miller The attention of our readers is particularly drawn to the announcement which appears on the first advertisement page…
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Morbid Tenacity

He in whom the love of truth predominates will keep himself aloof from all moorings and afloat. —Emerson. Life is inspiration and expression. If we fail in one, we fail in both. We often close ourselves to fresh thought by our tenacity of the old. The attempt to harmonize the…
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Poverty as a Disease

Wisdom is better than rubies. —Solomon Truth alone makes rich and great. —Emerson One of the most subtle fallacies of the day is the common belief that wealth is power. Wealth is not power; it is only an evidence of power. The ruby is a precious stone, but the wisdom that…
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Vibratory Affinity—A Study in Heredity

The soul looketh steadily forward: creating a world always before her, leaving worlds always behind her. —Emerson The true science of mind is found in the study of thought vibration. When we have once admitted that all growth is from within, and that the external is but the expression of…
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Christian Transgressors—The Disease of Conservatism

No truth is so sublime but it may be trivial tomorrow in the light of new thoughts.People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. —Emerson Progress is from the Latin "pro," meaning forward, and "gradi," to step. Retrogress is from…
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The Duty of Happiness

The Fairest enchants me,The Mighty commands me,Saying, 'Stand in thy placeUp and Eastward turn thy Face,So thou attend the enriching fateWhich none can stay, and none accelerate.—Emerson The World Beautiful After all, it rests with ourselves as to whether we shall live in a World Beautiful. It depends little on…
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1905—1906

The New Year is once more with us. 1905, with all its joys and sorrows, its fulfilled expectations and its disappointments, its rain and its sunshine, its smiles and its tears, its defeats and its victories, has passed away, closed up forever in that great Book of Time, the pages…
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Proem

A Lesson in Soul Culture So shall some Thought of mine yet encircle earth,And puff away thy crumbling altars, Jove. —Lowell Logic and Sermons never convince,The damp of night drives deeper into my Soul. —Walt Whitman A man for success must have ideas, must obey ideas, or he might as…
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Friendship

Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place.—Rabbi Hillel What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?—George Eliot A friend is a person before whom I may be sincere. Before whom I may think aloud.—Emerson The only way to…
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The Spirit of Praise

Shall I not call God the BeautifulWho daily showethHimself to me in His gifts?—Emerson Love, the true love of God, is the love of His truth, of His Holiness, of His whole will.—Stanley Vinet Thank God every morning that you have something to do that day which must be done,…
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Effort is the Law of Life

Remember that the law of life is effort, that talk is valueless unless it leads to action, that the truth of opinions is to be tested by their practical efficiency. Prudence, patience, labor, valor—these are the stars that rule the career of mortals. It is the storm not the calm…
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The Horizon of Natural Law

When we have new perception we shall gladly disburthen the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish. —Emerson. What is "nature's law?" Is it not simply the horizon that limits our knowledge of today? Tomorrow we will have climbed higher—we will have a more elevated view—we will restate the…
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Bitter Medicine

The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. —Emerson Before the eye can see, it must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. —"Light…
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Thoughts

If we could know the mighty power of thought,Its fertile growth and all-creative laws,And potency for evil or for good,The theme would give us pause. For every thought begotten in the heart,Grows as a child on that from which it feeds,Till it matures, and surely passes outInto the world of…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonOctober 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. October 1st, 1904 No. 4 It is like expecting to gather figs from thistles, to imagine that we ca nactually reap permanent good from a policy of selfishness.—Francis S. Blizard In the article on "Three Paths of Guidance" in…
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Insomnia

Dwell up there in the simple and noble regions of thy life. Obey thy heart and thou shalt reproduce the foreworld again.— Emerson. Who of us has not suffered from sleepless nights? The subjective life in which, as Macdonald so quaintly suggests, our souls go home to their father's house…
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Whatever Is, Is Best (Poem)

I know as my life grows older,And mine eyes have clearer sight,That under each rank Wrong, somewhereThere lies the root of Right.That each sorrow has its purpose,By the sorrowing oft unguessed;But as sure as the sun brings morning,Whatever is, is best. I know that each sinful action,As sure as the…
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Courage

The higher our ideals, the more courage we require to attain them. Victory comes only to the man who possesses a dauntless spirit; who firmly follows the dictates of his inner consciousness, and accepts all defeats as incentives to stronger effort. We require courage for the reason that individual life…
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