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Thought Selection

If one goes to market to buy the materials for a good dinner, he will carefully choose things of a superior quality. Not only the enjoyment of the meal but its nourishing qualities depend upon the right selection. One will go into detail as to the different cuts—if he be…
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Thought and Character

The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he, (Proverbs 23:7)" not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the…
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Pure Thoughts (Poem)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest...just...pure...lovely...of good report;if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.—Philippians 4:8 What is't that makes us start and look around ?What thought of evil is there in the worldThat comes upon us? Some unquieted…
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Thoughts and Fancies

What a curious world is this! When on some autumnal evening, while the rain beats on the window, and the wild wind is whirling the brown leaves through the darkness, you, tired with the day's work, sit cozily beside a if warm tire, thoughts and fancies which have is no…
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Thought-Power

That low man seeks a little thing to do,—Sees it and does it.This high man with a great thing to pursue,Dies 'ere he knows it.—Robert Browning Thoughts are electric currents from the human battery of the brain—invisible realities, as all the greatest realities are. Thought-force is the nucleus of each…
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Thought and Action

As the fruit to the tree and the water to the spring, so is action to thought. It does not come into manifestation suddenly and without a cause. It is the result of a long and silent growth; the end of a hidden process which has long been gathering force.…
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Ownership in the Thought World

There is a universal craving for desirable things; but in many particulars there would be wide variation of opinion as to what is deservedly to be sought. The subjective bias of different individuals is very unlike; and it is this, rather than abstract merit, which determines the quality and intensity…
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Effect of Thought on Circumstances

Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle. "Immortality is a state of life, and not continuance." "After all, we have to be ourselves, and speak for ourselves." "Constant aspiration is the only prayer. To cease to aspire is to never pray. That spasmodic supplication, often called…
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Thought as a Shield—The Human Aura

From what has been said in the two preceding chapters, the reader will have gathered that the author's attempt has been to point the way from servitude to freedom in individual life by process of self-culture, which must of necessity antedate all successful endeavors to control exterior circumstances. We should…
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The Substantiality of Thought

You cannot tell me, neither can I give you the component parts of thought, or explain its action except by its effect. But I do know that thought produces an effect as surely and as unerringly as electricity or magnetism, which is equally as invisible to the naked eye as…
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From Poverty to Power

You can listen to James Allen's book From Poverty to Power using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%}…
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Thoughts at Even-Tide

The twilight shades are deepening, and the nightComes swiftly down, and we—we turn to TheeIn Whom no shadow is; be Thou our LightAnd give us eyes to see. To see with clearer vision, oft we gropeWith feeble fingers, and with faltering feet;Shine on us then, our glorious Star of Hope,And…
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Thought Force

Your spirit and mine are both part of the stupendous cause. We have always been, and always will be. First in one form, then in another. Every thought, word and deed is helping decide your next place in the Creator's magnificent universe. You will be beautiful or ugly, wise or ignorant, fortunate or…
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The Birth of Thought

Now let the joy bells peal. For strength of purpose and confidence have wedded love and tenderness. Henceforth they shall be all in all to each other, and the fruit of their union, their dear children, shall be loving and joyful thoughts. Born, not without travail, they shall be washed…
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A Thought (Poem)

Him that overcometh will make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out.—Revelation iii. 12. Beyond the pen of mortal menThe mystic Temple stands,In vision clear its walls appear—A House not made with hands.Each pillar there the spirit fairOf those who upward trod,Who…
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Thought Habit

We are all creatures of habit. A deep rut is worn by a meadow brook because it has run in the same channel for a long time. It is no less true of a thought channel. In either case it is not easy to turn it into a new course.…
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The Philosopher’s Ripest Life Thought

Let us now see how the truths we have already set forth stand in reference to the thought of the philosopher Fichte. Truth, the highest truth, and truth for its own sake, was the one supreme object of his life. And in order to discern this clearly himself, that he…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being extracts from our No. I. Correspondence Circle, written in response to the Question, "What of the things I possess are mine?" "By way of opening the question here's my own answer condensed into one word, 'Nothing —for if we cannot lay claim to our bodies as personal property, much…
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Food For Thought

Now in the name of all the gods at once, upon what meat doth this, our Caesar, feed that he is grown so great? —Shakespeare We are often told of late that "thoughts are things." This is only a partial statement. Thoughts are living entities. We may even bring them into…
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More Thought, More Happiness

If thinking banished smiles without reserve or warning, and could not be the companion of happiness under any pretext whatsoever, then to think would be assuredly the grossest evil. But can this be true in any sense? Can the beauty of smiles, and the happiness of men and women, be…
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The Thought World (Poem)

Deep in the secret heart of Life there liesA wondrous land, a garden of the soul;Unheard, without, the tides of passion roll,And from its portals human suffering flies. The gate stands ever open, and the flowersThe glory of their beauty offer free,We gather fruit or blossom from the tree,For all…
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Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness…
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The Education of Thought

Thought is the human motor. With the great majority, however, it exerts its force without definite aim or purpose. It is a building-power, but yet works to no plan or specification. Its operations may be compared to the work of a crazy carpenter, who, though always busy, nails up material…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 1 Correspondence Circle From time to time, under the above heading, we shall publish helpful extracts from the letters of The Light of Reason Correspondence Circles. Written, as such letters are, by isolated truth-seekers to one another, the snatches of soul-experience, originally expressed…
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Thought

Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high and real sense. Thinking makes the man.—Alcott If the above be true, then it is impossible to write too much in The Epoch on the subjects of thoughts and thinking. lf not to think is…
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An Autumn Thought (Poem)

Poets have linked fair Autumn with regret, But this is not the note to which I set The Autumn days of ripened fruit and corn, Of glowing eve, and frost-kissed, misty morn. It is the season of the fuller life, The time of peace that follows youthful strife, When store…
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Thought Vibrations

"Neither be ye of doubtful mind." It is a significant and helpful fact that business etiquette requires signatures implying truth and honesty in our relations to each other. "Yours respectfully" and "Most truly yours" suggest a bond of sincerity and service that is more than a mere formality. The vibrations…
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Original Thought and Free Expression

Man stands between two powers—Authority and Freedom. To the first he may subject his mind; to the second he may ally himself. The one seeks to enforce its ancient lien upon the soul, to foreclose the mortgage of ancestral making, to exact from new life a homage to the old,…
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Little Duties and Right Thoughts

Practice yourself, for Heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.—Epictetus There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.—Shakespeare Blessed indeed is he who cheerfully, merrily, and willingly performs all the duties of life here on the earth-plane; who never shirks or dodges the…
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A Thought (Poem)

Sometimes in the dark,When stars in heaven their silent watches keep,While mother nature rocks the world to sleep,And all is strangely still;My soul awakes and vainly strives to seeThe why and wherefore of life’s mystery,And why what was, and is, and is to beShould Be. Sometimes in the morn,When from…
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Impressions of Thought

We receive impressions from conditions—the variability of these is responsible for the multitudinous thoughts that are ours. They are conveyed to the brain to be rejected or accepted—to be cast away or pondered upon—pregnant with possibilities good or bad. Through the mind they come like dirty water or pure clear…
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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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Thoughts on Love

Love is the natural atmosphere of the Soul. Who does not love does not live, but merely exists. Being "in love" is not the same as loving, as being in life is not necessarily living. As a man may walk in his sleep without being conscious of walking, so a…
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The Inner World of Thoughts

Man is the maker of happiness and misery. Further, he is the creator and perpetuator of his own happiness and misery. These things are not externally imposed; they are internal conditions. Their cause is neither deity, nor devil, nor circumstance, but Thought. They are the effects of deeds, and deeds…
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A New Order of Thought

To remain in one order of thought, that is, never to change our method of thinking, would mean stagnation, and stagnation always means death. Now the moment one speaks of changing one’s order of thinking, there are those who immediately jump to the conclusion that one has rejected all that…
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Forethought

Forth went Sower. People smiled,And thought 'twas strange indeed.No wife had he –no mate, no child,Only himself to feed.Yet springtime mile, or winter wild,Alike he sowed his seed.Forth went the Reaper. People bowed,And bared was every head.They thronged him, that adoring crowd,They crouched to him for breadWith blessing loud. And,…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "Whatever else I doubt, my whole life-study of the effect of action of the unseen forces on the soul, or center of consciousness, teaches me one thing beyond all doubt; it is that our relationship to life and to each…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "As regards confidence in human nature, do you know, I almost think it synonymous with confidence in God. It is quite surprising how, as soon as one but commences to eradicate that self-hood that, in varying degrees, all are born…
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A Thought on Prayer

Intelligent prayer, in the ordinary acceptance of the word, is always linked with effort. It is not necessary t0 have evolved a very high order of reason to perceive that we may not have just anything we desire for the mere asking; but the desire of our faith is demonstrated…
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Essay I: Thought as Power

An Explanation and a Prophecy Recently, at my class, we tried an experiment, old to me, and yet then and there it burst upon my comprehension that in this experiment lay Power. Later, I saw that this discovery of Power was man's greatest discovery; that more lay in it 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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Thought Tonics

"I cried aloud, and wrung my hands in woe When Grief came to my door in mourning guise; I strove to shut the door, and closed my eyes, But she stood, patient, there, and would not go. "Then Pain came down the pathway, sad and slow; And Sacrifice with face…
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Above Life's Turmoil

You can listen to James Allen's book Above Life's Turmoil using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%} .mp3browser…
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Thought and Purpose

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. They who have…
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The Power of Thought

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.—Daniel Webster At no previous time have the influence and potency of thought received such careful and discriminating investigation as is now being centered upon it. While a few seers of…
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