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Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself. ...
by James Allen

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Related topics: Wisdom Positive Live-By

You will become as small as your controlling desire;
as great as your dominant aspiration.
- James Allen

He who would accomplish much must sacrifice much.
- James Allen

Change your thoughts, change your life.
- James Allen

 

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

You are today where your thoughts have brought.
- James Allen

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
- James Allen

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A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul,
the director of his life.
- James Allen

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little;
he who would achieve much must sacrifice much;
he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
- James Allen

Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
- James Allen

Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.
- James Allen

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow.
Sow an act, and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
- James Allen

As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown,
so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers
of humanity have developed and bloomed.
- James Allen

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks
of those strong ones who only recognize failure as
one of the pathways to attainment.
- James Allen

A man is literally what he thinks.
- James Allen

When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of
least resistance and to fall into easy channels,
it is called weakness.
- James Allen

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
- James Allen

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream,
so you shall become.
Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be;
your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
- James Allen

In all human affairs there are efforts,
and there are results, and the strength of the effort
is the measure of the result.
- James Allen

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success,
his influence, his power for good.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
- James Allen

Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.
- James Allen

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances,
but are unwilling to improve themselves;
they therefore remain bound.
- James Allen

Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose,
and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
- James Allen

The more intense the nature of a man,
the more readily will he find meditation,
and the more successfully will he practice it.
- James Allen

For true success ask yourself these four questions:
Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
- James Allen

Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything
in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
- James Allen

The very fact that you are a complainer,
shows that you deserve your lot.
- James Allen

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts
and right efforts inevitably bring about right results.
- James Allen

Man is made or unmade by himself.
By the right choice he ascends.
As a being of power, intelligence, and love,
and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
- James Allen

The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays
that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who,
having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat.
- James Allen

Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.
- James Allen

If you real desire is to be good, there is no need
to wait for the money before you do it;
you can do it now,
this very moment, and just where you are.
- James Allen

No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is
that is his heart which is capable of responding to it.
- James Allen

The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings
brought to the surface and made known,
but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth.
- James Allen

It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces
into one powerful channel.
- James Allen

You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
- James Allen

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people,
things and other people will alter towards him.
- James Allen

All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with
your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
- James Allen

Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle,
and there will be nothing without thee that is not
beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
- James Allen

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.
- James Allen

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy,
healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness,
health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious
adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
- James Allen

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg,
and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
- James Allen

A man has to learn that he cannot command things,
but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others,
but that he can mold and master his own will:
and things serve him who serves Truth;
people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.
- James Allen

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

In all my ways of seeing - may I use new glasses,
a telescope and a microscope.
And may I always allow myself to see a circumstance
through the tender hearts of my friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

If we were in a similar circumstance in the future
I would want to make sure that our reporting was at
least as diverse as it was during this most recent war.
- Jim Walton

McCain I'd vote against under any circumstance.
- Pat Robertson

It always remains true that if we had been greater,
circumstance would have been less strong against us.
- George Eliot

I was the only Black person on the set.
It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which
every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.
- Sidney Poitier

The historian's job is to aggrandize,
promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
- Peter Conrad

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
- Charles Richter

We were trained to live by our wits,
in any circumstance.
- William Stephenson

I am what time, circumstance, history,
have made of me, certainly, but I am also,
much more than that.
So are we all.
- James A. Baldwin

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -
for no particular excellence in themselves,
but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
- William Hazlitt

It would be a mistake to link anything that Israel
does to a certain circumstance.
And it is a mistake to feel comfortable in any circumstance
just because Israel did not act on it.
- Bashar al-Assad

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper;
but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
- David Hume

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to
feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage,
you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him.
You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

At the first general meeting of this Corporation in 1820,
his Lordship presided; a circumstance,
which may well be considered an era in the history
of the Church of Upper Canada.
- John Strachan

In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud:
Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody,
but unbowed.
- William Ernest Henley

I have the happy circumstance of either being accused
of political grandstanding on the one hand or cover-ups on the other.
- Ben Chandler

On a given day, a given circumstance,
you think you have a limit.
- Ayrton Senna

Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first.
I was just chosen to command that flight.
Circumstance put me in that particular role.
That wasn't planned by anyone.
- Neil Armstrong

Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail
are suitable to the occasion.
It arises from circumstance, custom,
and nature.
- Marcus V. Pollio

The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance
which my memory can evoke;
it will therefore commence when I had attained the
age of eight years and four months.
- Giacomo Casanova

If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance
can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
- Theodore Roethke


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