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The 10 BEST James Allen Books of All Time (Ranked)

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 10 Best James Allen Books of All Time

Why these best James Allen books and not others? The best James Allen books below are the top picks from my long list of all James Allen’s books, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, number of Goodreads reviews and publication date. The aim is to surface what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s proven timelessly relevant.

Here are the 10 best James Allen books of all time:

Best James Allen Books: As a Man Thinketh
1. As a Man ThinkethJames Allen (FREE Summary)
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 ProsperityJames Allen
Published 1901 // 48 pages // Rated 4.2 over 400 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: As You Think
3. As You ThinkJames 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 PeaceJames 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 ProsperityJames 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 PowerJames Allen
Published 1901 // 144 pages // Rated 4.0 over 400 reviews on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: The Heavenly Life
7. The Heavenly LifeJames Allen
Published 1908 // 96 pages // Rated 4.1 over on Goodreads
Best James Allen Books: Above Life's Turmoil
8. Above Life’s TurmoilJames 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 DestinyJames 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 HeartJames Allen
Published 1904 // 60 pages // Rated 4.0 over on Goodreads

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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. ”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and concentrate them at any given moment, upon a given point.”

— James Allen, Eat That Frog!

“Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits.”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“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.”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“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, As a Man Thinketh

“So You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word, ‘environment,’
But spirit scorns it, and is free.

It masters time, it conquers space;
It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown, and fill a servant’s place.

The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew a way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.

Be not impatient in delays
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands
The gods are ready to obey.”

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!””

— James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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