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making himself more and more virtuous by lifting up his thoughts.

Intellectual achievements are the result of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge, or for the 

beautiful and true in life and nature. Such achievements may be sometimes connected with vanity and 

ambition, but they are not the outcome of those characteristics; they are the natural outgrowth of long 
and arduous effort, and of pure and unselfish thoughts.

Spiritual achievements are the consummation of holy aspirations. He who lives constantly in the 

conception of noble and lofty thoughts, who dwells upon all that is pure and unselfish, will, as surely as 
the sun reaches its zenith and the moon its full, become wise and noble in character, and rise into a 

position of influence and blessedness.

Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought. By the aid of self- 
control, resolution, purity, righteousness, and well-directed thought a man ascends; by the aid of 

animality, indolence, impurity, corruption, and confusion of thought a man descends.

A man may rise to high success in the world, and even to lofty altitudes in the spiritual realm, and again 
descend into weakness and wretchedness by allowing arrogant, selfish, and corrupt thoughts to take 

possession of him.

Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. Many give way when 
success is assured, and rapidly fall back into failure.

All achievements, whether in the business, intellectual, or spiritual world, are the result of definitely 

directed thought, are governed by the same law and are of the same method; the only difference lies in 
the object of attainment.

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; 

he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.

6. Visions and Ideals

THE dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, 
through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their 

solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in 

them; it knows them as they realities which it shall one day see and know.

Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects 

of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, labouring humanity would 


He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Columbus 

cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it; Copernicus fostered the vision of a 

multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual 

world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that 

forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all 

delightful conditions, all, heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world 
will at last be built.

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to, achieve. Shall man‘s basest desires receive the fullest measure of 

gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance? Such is not the Law: such a 
condition of things can never obtain: "ask and receive."

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you

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