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Emmet Fox
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You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell
on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.

   

God is bigger than any problem.
God in you is greater than any difficulty you have to meet.
God cares for you more than it is possible for any human being to realize.
God can help you in proportion to the degree in which you worship Him.
You worship God by really putting your trust in Him instead of in outer conditions, or in fear, or in depression, or in seeming dangers, and so forth.
You worship God by recognizing His presence everywhere,
in all people and conditions that you meet; and by praying regularly.
You pray well when you pray with joy.
  
  
A tragic mistake that is often made is to assume that the will of God is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively unpleasant.  Consciously or not some persons look upon God as a hard taskmaster, or a severe parent. . . . The truth is that the will of God for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, newer and brighter experience, wider opportunity of service to others—life more abundant.

      
Let us be merciful in our mental judgments of our brothers and sisters, for, in truth, we are all one, and the more deeply they seem to err, the more urgent is the need for us to help them with the right thought, and so make it easier for them to get free.
  
If you will change your mind concerning anything and absolutely keep it changed, that thing must and will change too.  It is the keeping up of the change in thought that is difficult.  It calls for vigilance and determination.
   

All the old traditions tell us that there is more than one path to the great Goal.. . . The shortest and easiest pathway of all is the pathway of Love.  It is the one pathway that is open to all, irrespective of what their personal conditions or circumstances may be.  For every person, everywhere, true attainment awaits through the yoga of Love, for yoga means union and it is our union with God that makes the attainment possible.

     

It is the food which you furnish to your mind
that determines the whole character of your life.

   

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The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make
that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we
are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

   

You are not happy because you are well.  You are well because
you are happy.  You are not depressed because trouble has come
to you, but trouble has come to you because you are depressed.
You can change your thoughts and feelings, and then the outer
things will come to correspond, and indeed there is no other way of working.

   

Bless a thing and it will bless you.  Curse it and it will curse you. . .
If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is
troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.

   
    
Emmet Fox was born in Ireland on July 30, 1886, was educated in England, pursued his spiritual career mostly in the United States, and died in France on August 13, 1951.

His father, who died before Fox was ten, was a physician and member of Parliament.  Fox attended Stamford Hill Jesuit college near London, and became an electrical engineer.  However, he early discovered that he had healing power, and from the time of his late teens studied New Thought.  He came to know the prominent New Thought writer Thomas Troward.

Fox attended the London meeting at which the International New Thought Alliance was organized in 1914.  He gave his first New Thought talk in Mortimer Hall in London in 1928.  Soon he went to the United States, and in 1931 was selected to become the successor to the James Murray as the minister of New York's Church of the Healing Christ.  Fox became immensely popular, and spoke to audiences in some of the largest halls in the city. He was ordained in the Divine Science branch of New Thought.

While Emmet Fox lived he addressed some of the largest audiences ever gathered to hear one man's thoughts on the religious meaning of life.  His books and pamphlets have been distributed to over three million people and it can be conservatively estimated that they have come into the hands of ten million.

Fox's secretary was the mother of one of the men who worked with Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson, and partly as a result of this connection early AA groups often went to hear Fox.  His writing, especially "The Sermon on the Mount," became popular in AA.

The influence of Emmet Fox in the spread of New Thought ideas and emphases lies not simply in the large number of his readers, but in the fact that he is so widely read my ministers of all denominations.  A check in large denominational bookstores in various cities from time to time has revealed that Emmet Fox's books are in constant demand; and these are the stores in which ministers chiefly buy their books.  They do not, of course, read it as New Thought, but they buy it and read it.  There is nothing sectarian, certainly, in the titles "The Sermon on the Mount" and "The Ten Commandments," nor is there anything about them outwardly to indicate that they are New Thought, and nearly half a century after his death, the writings of Emmet Fox remain influential.
  

  

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