James Allen (1864-1912) was a philosophical writer of British nationality known for his inspirational books and poetry. Allen's books describe the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Many of them remain in print today, including As a Man Thinketh (Allen's most famous work), Above Life's Turmoil, Byways to Blessedness, The Mastery of Destiny, The Path of Prosperity, The Way of Peace. These books have stood the test of time and are still as relevant as when they were first published 100 years ago, and are now considered self-help classics.
I looked around upon the world, and saw that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of suffering. And I looked for the cause. I looked around, but could not find it; I looked in books, but could not find it; I looked within, and found there both the cause and the self-made nature of that cause. I looked again, and deeper, and found the remedy.
I found one Law, the Law of Love; one Life, the Life of adjustment to that Law; one Truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart. And I dreamed of writing a book which should help men and women, whether rich or poor, learned or unlearned, worldly or unworldly, to find within themselves the source of all success, all happiness, all accomplishment, all truth. And the dream remained with me, and at last became substantial; and now I send it forth into the world on its mission of healing and blessedness, knowing that it cannot fail to reach the homes and hearts of those who are waiting and ready to receive it.