Prentice Mulford


American Author and Literary Humorist, Helped found the New Thought Movement

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Every regret, every mournful thought, takes so much out of your life. It is force used to pile on more misery.

Nothing damages the individual more than self-deprecation, and many a child Is weighted down with the elements of failure before it goes into the world through years of scolding, snubbing, and telling it that it is a worthless being.

There is a supreme power and ruling force which pervades and rules the boundless Universe. You are a part of this power.

Fear is but another name for lack of power to control our minds, or, in other words, to control the kind of thought we think or put out.

Our thought is the unseen magnet, ever attracting its correspondence in things seen and tangible.

There is a vast amount of unconscious tyranny exercised through the ties of physical relationship.

Gossip is fascinating. There is an exhilaration in scandal and the raking over of our friend?s or neighbor?s or enemy?s faults is almost equal to that produced by champagne. But in the end we pay dearly for these pleasures.

Our unseen and unspoken thought is ever flowing from us, an element and force, real as the stream of water which we can see, or the current of electricity which we cannot see. It blends with the thought of others, and out of such combination new qualities of thought are formed, as in the mixture of chemicals there are formed new substances.

There is always a bit of fear where there is a bit of hurry.

Hospitality is expected from relatives, when to expect hospitality is to make such entertainment the result of a demand.

Parents sometimes forget that after the child emerges from the utter physical and mental helplessness of infancy, it is becoming more and more an individual.

There is no chasm betwixt what we call the material and spiritual. Both are of substance or element. They blend imperceptibly into each other. In reality the material is only a visible form of the finer elements which we call spiritual.

How can we send the highest love to another if we do not have it for ourselves? If we are careless and unappreciative of the body's great use to us--if we never give it a thought of admiration or gratitude for the many functions which it performs for us --if we regard it with the same indifference that we may have for the post to which we hitch a horse, we shall send that same quality of sentiment and thought to the person of whom we think most, and the tendency will be to generate a similar disregard for themselves. Either they will do this, or seeking light of the Infinite, they will find themselves obliged in self-protection to refuse the love which we send them, because of its coarser and grosser quality. This is sometimes the error of mothers, who say: " I don't care for myself so that my son or daughter's welfare is assured. I give and devote my whole life to them."

Pleasure is the sure result of placing thought or force on the thing we are doing now, and pain of some sort in both present and future is the certain result of sending thought or force away from the act which needs to be done at this moment.

Thoughts are things.

A person who sets his or her mind on the dark side of life, who lives over and over the misfortunes and disappointments of the past, prays for similar misfortunes and disappointments in the future. If you will see nothing but ill luck in the future, you are praying for such ill luck and will surely get it.

If you send from you in thought the elements of worry, fret, hatred or grief, you are putting in action forces that are injurious to your mind and body. The power to forget implies the power of driving the unpleasant and hurtful thought or element, and bringing in its place the profitable element, to build up instead of tearing us down.

Power comes of looking forward with hope - of expecting and demanding the better things to come. That is the law of the Infinite Mind, and when we follow it we live in that mind.

To learn to forget is as necessary and useful as to learn to remember. We think of many things every day which it would be more profitable not to think of at all. The ability to forget is the ability to drive away the unseen force (thought) which Is injuring us, and to change it for a force (or order of thought) which can benefit us.

All degrees of failure are based on timidity.

Keep your mind as much as you can from dwelling on your ailment. Think of strength and power and you will draw it to you. Think of health and you get it.

Presents are expected from relatives, when to expect a gift makes it rather an extortion.

Ugliness of expression comes of unconscious transgressions of a law.

All degrees of success are based on courage ? mental or physical.

Life means the development in us of powers and pleasures which fiction in its highest flights has never touched.

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American Author and Literary Humorist, Helped found the New Thought Movement