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How Getting Rich Helps Other People

11 Dec

What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures of poverty into your mind, but getting pictures of wealth into the minds of the poor.

You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse to allow your mind to be filled with pictures of that misery.

Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well to do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.

The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two; but inspiration will cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself.

Wallace Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich

How to Focus

23 Nov

Learn to keep the door shut.  Keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.

George Mathews Adams

Desire is a Potential Seeking Realization

19 Nov

And it is certain that you can do what you want to do; the desire to do it is proof that you have within you the power which can do it.

Desire is a manifestation of power.

The desire to play music is the power which can play music seeking expression and development; the desire to invent mechanical devices is the mechanical talent seeking expression and development.

Where there is no power, either developed or undeveloped, to do a thing, there is never any desire to do that thing; and where there is strong desire to do a thing, it is certain proof that the power to do it is strong, and only requires to be developed and applied in the Right Way.

Wallace Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich

Desire to accomplish is proof of ability to accomplish.

Prentice Mulford – Thoughts are Things

Awakening from the Dream of Hell

26 Oct

The awakening is like being at a party where there are thousands of people and everyone is drunk except you. You are the only sober person in the party. That is the awakening, because the truth is that most humans see the world through their emotional wounds, through their emotional poison. They don’t have the awareness that they are living in a dream of hell. They aren’t aware that they are living in a dream just as fish swimming in water are not aware that they are living in water. 

When we awake and we are the only sober person in the party where everyone is drunk, we can have compassion because we were drunk too. We don’t need to judge, not even people in hell, because we, too, were in hell.

Miguel Ruiz – The Mastery of Love

Love

26 Oct

The term “ought” has no application to the nature of love.  Love goes where it will.

Prentice Mulford – Thoughts are Things

Fighting Against Circumstances

5 Sep

   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.

   In the light of this truth, what, then, is the meaning of “fighting against circumstances?” It means that a man is continually revolting against an effect without, while all the time he is nourishing and preserving its cause in his heart. That cause may take the form of a conscious vice or an unconscious weakness; but whatever it is, it stubbornly retards the efforts of its possessor, and thus calls aloud for remedy.

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

James B. Allen – As a Man Thinketh

Peter Keating

20 Aug

In December the Cosmo-Slotnick Building was opened with great ceremony.  There were celebrities, flower horseshoes, newsreel cameras, revolving searchlights and three hours of speeches, all alike.

I should be happy, Peter Keating told himself–and wasn’t… Toohey watched him as he seized his drink and slumped in his seat.  “Wasn’t it grand?” said Toohey.  “That, Peter, is the climax of what you can expect from life.”

Ayn Rand – The Fountainhead

Plant Yourself

20 Aug

Young men of the fairest promise, who begin life upon our shores, inflated by the mountain winds, shined upon by all the stars of God, find the earth below not in unison with these, – but are hindered from action by the disgust which the principles on which business is managed inspire, and turn drudges, or die of disgust, – some of them suicides. What is the remedy? They did not yet see, and thousands of young men as hopeful now crowding to the barriers for the career, do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. Patience, – patience..

Ralph Waldo Emerson – The American Scholar

The Problem with Majorities Being in Control

8 Jun

…if we wish to find a high degree of uniformity and similarity of outlook, we have to descend to the regions of lower moral and intellectual standards, where the more primitive and common instincts and tastes prevail.  This does not mean that the majority of people have low moral standards.  It merely means that the largest group of people who’s values are very similar, are the people with low standards.  It is, as it were, the lowest common denominator which unites the largest number of people.

If a numerous group is needed, strong enough to impose their views on the values of life on all the rest, it will never be those with highly differentiated and developed tastes.  It will be those who form the mass, in the derogatory sense of the term.  The least original and independent who will be able to put the weight of their numbers behind their ideals.

Friedrich A. Hayek — The Road to Serfdom,  (one of the main ideas behind Atlas Shrugged)

 

Friendship

31 May

I hate, where I looked for a manly furtherance, or at least a manly resistance, to find a mush of concession. Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo. The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it. That high office requires great and sublime parts. There must be very two, before there can be very one. Let it be an alliance of two large, formidable natures…

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friendship