Quote from James Allen:
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.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
If you would perfect your body, guard your mind.
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.
The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
Cherish your vision; 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, if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
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.
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.
There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice.
Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it.
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.