The Power of Silence: A Study of the Values and Ideals of the Inner Life

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1905 - 356

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Strona 143 - The pursuance of future ends and the choice of means for their attainment are thus the mark and criterion of the presence of mentality in a phenomenon.
Strona 143 - Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind — without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos.
Strona 294 - There is no such thing as voluntary attention sustained for more than a few seconds at a time. What is called sustained voluntary attention is a repetition of successive efforts which bring back the topic to the mind.* The topic once brought back, if a congenial one, develops ; and if its development is interesting it engages the attention passively for a time. Dr. Carpenter, a moment back, described the stream of thought, once entered, as
Strona 127 - All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our dioughts.
Strona 128 - For thoughts alone cause the round of births; let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinks, that he is : this is the old secret.
Strona 217 - Moreover one's conviction is strengthened by the remembrance of similar experiences all of which tend to prove that " all things work together for good for them that love the Lord.
Strona 153 - You teach a man to control or to restrain himself so soon as you teach him what to do in a positive sense. Healthy activity includes selfrestraint, or inhibition, as one of its elements. You in vain teach, then, self-control, unless you teach much more than self-control. The New Testament statement of " the law and the prophets " substitutes "Thou shalt love," etc., for the "Thou shalt not
Strona 341 - CONTENTS. — Experience ; A Study of Self-Consciousness ; The Basis of Belief in a Spiritual Reality ; Mysticism ; Intuition; Fate ; Error and Evil ; The Ethical Life ; The Eternal Now. " A deeply religious essay upon the cond net and meaning of life, . . The volume lays no claim to originality of thought, but there is always original thought where there is such freshness and depth of feeling.
Strona 33 - It steals into our consciousness when we think deeply, to guide, to strengthen, to heal, to encourage. The great secret of life is to know how, in our own way, to be receptive to it, how to read the message of its inner whispering. The sure method of growing strong in realization of its nearness is to believe it will come if we listen, to trust it in moments of doubt as the lost hunter trusts his horse in the forest, to have an ideal outlook, and then renew our realization day by day, ever remembering...
Strona 343 - Contents: Voices of freedom. — The new thought. — The philosophy of activity. — The freedom of the will. — An interpretation of the Vedanta. - — Is there an absolute? — The ideal attitude. — Individualism and the social ideal.

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