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Who said that there's anything new under the sun?  Did you know
that pretty much all of the self-help "experts" who are writing
today are merely repeating what others have written already, some
as early as two thousand years ago?  We're going to do our best to
make sure that many of the classic works are available to you for
free, and we're trying to format them in the most readable
manner possible, with larger type for the computer and
smaller margins for easier perusal.  Please enjoy!

Ralph Waldo Trine's The Greatest Thing Ever Known (1896)
Trine's work, one of a series of "The Life Books" and "The Life Booklets," cuts through all of the dogma and limiting thoughts that people have adopted in their religious and spiritual lives, providing a practical and useful explanation of the purpose behind Christ's teachings on earth.  This is not a book that tells us why we should be Christians, or that threatens us with hell and damnation if we don't believe in certain ways; rather, it's a thoughtful work that helps us to understand just what it really means to be spiritual creatures in a world created by God but distorted by men.  A short but incredibly important work.
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An excerpt:

Wherever you are, whatever doing, walking along the street or through the fields, at work of any kind, falling off to or awaking from sleep, setting about any undertaking, in doubt as to what course to pursue at any particular time, in brief, whatever it may be, carry with you this thought: It is the Father that worketh in me, my Father works and I work. This is the thought so continually used by Jesus, who came into probably the fullest realisation of the oneness of His life with the God-life that anyone who has lived in the world thus far has come into, and it is given because it is so simple.

James Allen's As a Man Thinketh  (1902)
An early work about the Law of Attraction, in which Allen explores the effects of our thoughts on our lives.  Good, positive thoughts, he says, lead to good, positive results, while negative thinking leads to negative circumstances.  And to give you a good idea of just how old the Law of Attraction is, Allen's main point is borrowed from the Bible.
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An excerpt:

THE aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life.  A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.   As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.  This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those, which are deliberately executed.

Arnold Bennett's classic How to Live on 24 Hours a Day.
An examination of ways that we can spend the time that we've been given to greatly improve the quality of our lives.
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You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness—the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!—depends on that.  Strange that the newspapers, so enterprising and up-to-date as they are, are not full of "How to live on a given income of time," instead of "How to live on a given income of money"! Money is far commoner than time. When one reflects, one perceives that money is just about the commonest thing there is. It encumbers the earth in gross heaps.

Ralph Waldo Trine's The Wayfarer on the Open Road (1919)
This is a relatively short work that explores life and living and the Law of Attraction.  Specifically, he follows a "Creed of the Open Road," a series of things to do and ways to act that will help us to get the most out of our lives, and be people who are contributing to the positive sides of this world in which we live.  A quick read, but very deep and inspiring at the same time--don't let its length fool you!

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OUR complex modern life, especially in our larger centers, gets us running so many times into grooves that we are prone to miss, and sometimes for long periods, the all-round, completer life. We are led at times almost to forget that the stars come nightly to the sky, or even that there is a sky; that there are hedgerows and groves where the birds are always singing and where we can lie on our backs and watch the treetops swaying above us and the clouds floating by an hour or hours at a time; where one can live with his soul or, as Whitman has put it, where one can loaf and invite his soul.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's The Heart of the New Thought (1902).
Thirty-one short chapters on topics such as "Old Clothes," "Eternity," "The Philosophy of Happiness," and many more.  This is a fascinating work that examines the dynamics behind being happy and the problems with many of the social structures that people have used to try to become happy.  Years ahead of its time. . . .
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If you have groveled in fear and a belief that you were born to poverty and failure, courage and success and opulence will be of slow growth. Yet they will grow and materialize, as surely as you insist and persist. Declare they are yours, right in the face of the worst disasters.  There is nothing that so confuses and frustrates misfortune as to stare it down with unflinching eyes.

Orison Swett Marden's Character: The Grandest Thing in the World.
A great examination of one of the most important aspects of who we are.  Marden was one of the most prolific self-help and motivational writers the world has ever seen, though most of his works have faded into oblivion.
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What is character but the poor man’s capital?  Is not character an available piece of property? Is it not estimated as moral security, the noblest of possessions? "It is an estate in the general good will and respect of men; and they who invest in it will find their reward in esteem and reputation fairly and honorably won."

Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance and Other Essays."
One of the most oft-quoted writers ever, Emerson's essays here include "Self-Reliance," "Love," "Friendship," and more.  His words are wise and caring, insightful and practical, and great reading for anyone who's interested in learning more about human nature and the ways that we see the world.
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Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.

Khalil Gibran's The Prophet.
A beautifully poetic work that presents the teachings of a man of great wisdom to the people of the town in which he's been living for several years.  He's about to embark on a journey home, and the people ask him to share his wisdom before he leaves.  A truly timeless classic.  Click here to download.

An excerpt:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.


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