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BEST James Allen Books & Quotes of All Time

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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Who Was James Allen?

James Allen (28 November 1864 – 24 January 1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass-produced since its publication in 1903. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors.

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The Best James Allen Books of All Time

Why these best James Allen books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best James Allen books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by James Allen that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best James Allen books of all time...

Best James Allen Books: As a Man Thinketh
1. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen (FREE Summary)
As a Man Thinketh is THE #1 ranking, uplifting, pocket-sized pep-talk on the power and importance of changing your thoughts as the cornerstone to changing your life - by philosopher and prolific self-help author, James Allen.
Published 1902 // 34 pages // Rated 4.3 over 68,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: The Path of Prosperity
2. The Path of Prosperity - James Allen
Published 1901 // 48 pages // Rated 4.2 over 400 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: As You Think
3. As You Think - James Allen
Published 1903 // 112 pages // Rated 4.1 over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: The Way of Peace
4. The Way of Peace - James Allen
Published 1901 // 98 pages // Rated 4.1 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: Eight Pillars of Prosperity
5. Eight Pillars of Prosperity - James Allen
Published 1911 // 244 pages // Rated 4.2 over 400 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: From Poverty to Power
6. From Poverty to Power - James Allen
Published 1901 // 144 pages // Rated 4.0 over 400 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: The Heavenly Life
7. The Heavenly Life - James Allen
Published 1908 // 96 pages // Rated 4.1 over <100 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: Above Life's Turmoil
8. Above Life's Turmoil - James Allen
Published 1910 // 88 pages // Rated 4.1 over 200 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: The Mastery of Destiny
9. The Mastery of Destiny - James Allen
Published 1909 // 140 pages // Rated 4.1 over 300 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: Out from the Heart
10. Out from the Heart - James Allen
Published 1904 // 60 pages // Rated 4.0 over <100 reviews on Goodreads

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Best James Allen Quotes

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Best James Allen Quotes: A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.
Best James Allen Quotes: Action is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits.
Best James Allen Quotes: Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.
Best James Allen Quotes: Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Best James Allen Quotes: Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.
Best James Allen Quotes: He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
Best James Allen Quotes: Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

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Arthur Worsley
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