James Allen

Year of birth : 1864
Parents : William


Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him. "

" You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. "

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

Books by the Master

" As a Man Thinketh " ... " The Way of Peace " ... " Above Life's Turmoil " ... " As you think " ... " The eight pillars of prosperity " ... " The Heavenly Life " ... " All these things added " ... " Man; king of mind, body, and circumstance " ... " Mind is the Master: The CompleThe wisdom of James Allen IIte James Allen Treasury " ... " From Poverty to Power: Or the Realization of Prosperity and Peace " ... " From Poverty to Power " ... " From Poverty to Power " ... " From Passion to Peace " ... " Book of meditations, for every day in the year " ... " Byways of Blessedness " ... " Light on life's difficulties " ... " Foundation stones to happiness and success " ... " The divine companion " ... " The life triumphant " ... " The Shining Gateway " ... " Morning and evening thoughts " ... " Entering the kingdom " ... " Men and systems " ... " Poems of Peace " ... " The Path of Prosperity " ... " As We Think, So We Are: James Allen's Guide to Transforming Our Lives " ... " The Wisdom of James Allen: Five Classic Works, Including: As a Man Thinketh, the Path to Prosperity, the Mystery of Destiny, the Way of Peace, and Entering the Kingdom " ... " Through the Gate of Good " ... " Meditations: A Year Book " ... " The wisdom of James Allen II " ... " The power of a single thought " As I Think " ... " Acres of Diamonds and As A Man Thinketh (Business Success Edition) " 


James Allen was born in Leicester, Central England, November 28, 1864. The financial crisis that resulted forced James to leave school at fifteen. He eventually became a private secretary. He worked in this capacity for several British manufacturers until 1902, when he decided to devote all his time to writing.

The works of James Allen are eminently practical. He never wrote theories, or for the sake of writing, or to add another to the existing books. According to his wife, Allen wrote when he had a message, and it became a message only when he had lived it in his own life, and knew that it was good. Thus he wrote facts, which he had proven by practice. Unfortunately, Allen's literary career was short, lasting only nine years, until his death in 1912. During that period he wrote nineteen books, a rich outpouring of ideas that have lived on to inspire later generations. 

We become spiritually rich, Allen writes, when we discover the adventure within; when we are conscious of the oneness of all life; when we know the power of meditation; when we experience kinship with nature.

James Allen strove to live the ideal life described by Russia¹s great novelist and mystic Count Leo Tolstoy - the life of voluntary poverty, manual labour and ascetic self-discipline. His search for felicity for man on earth was typically Tolstoyan. He would remain there for an hour in meditation. Then he would return to the house and spend the morning writing. The afternoons were devoted to gardening, a pastime he enjoyed. His evenings were spent in conversation with those who were interested in his work.