Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is true of earthly as of heavenly things. Even the man whose object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life.
Topics: Improvement, Progress, Love, Men, Discipline, Self-improvement, Anxiety
Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.
Topics: Truth, Reflection
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Rely upon your own judgment; be true to your own conscience; follow the light that is within you; all outward lights are so many will-o’-the-wisps. There will be those who tell you that you are foolish; that your judgment is faulty; that your conscience is all awry, and that the light within you is darkness; but heed them not. If what they say is true, the sooner you, as a searcher of wisdom, find it out the better, and you can only make that discovery by bringing your powers to the test. Therefore, pursue your course bravely.
Fixedness of purpose is at the root of all successful efforts, whether in things worldly or spiritual, and without it man cannot be otherwise than wretched, and dependent upon others for that support which should be found within himself.
Topics: Effort, Purpose, Success
Break away from the tyranny of custom, tradition, conventionality, and the opinions of others, until you succeed in walking lonely and erect against men.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you 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.
Topics: Aspirations, Greatness, Foresight, Heart, Become, Vision, Forethought, Dream, Focus, Desire, Optimism, Thought, Ideal, Positive Attitudes, Dreams
The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart — this you will build your life by, this you will become.
The outer world or circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.
If you would perfect your body, guard your mind.
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears. It reaches the height of its cherished aspirations. It falls to the level of its unchastened desires – and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.
Topics: Fear, Belief, Attitude
The strong calm man is always loved and revered.
Don’t accept that others know you better than yourself. Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
Topics: Work, Character, Honesty
As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.
Topics: Thoughts, Attitude
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 but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Topics: Thought, Mind, Purpose, Ideals, World, Love, Heart, Rest, Ideal, Beauty, Will, Thoughts, Music, Vision, Appreciation
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
Mind is the master power that molds and makes,
And man is mind, and ever more he takes
The tool of thought, and shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
Topics: Mind, The Mind
Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it.
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