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52 Best Charles F. Haanel Quotes of All Time

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Friday, November 24, 2023

Charles F. Haanel wrote a lot of amazing stuff while he was alive. Here are the top quotes from his best works!

Want to know three incredible stories attributed to the words of Charles F. Haanel?

The first story involves Napoleon Hill.

In 1919, Napoleon Hill wrote a letter to Charles F. Haanel saying that he went from earning ‘a dollar a day’ as a coal miner to earning $105,200 a year working part-time for a multimillion-dollar corporation.

Hill wrote that his ‘present success’ was nearly all thanks to Charles F. Haanel… and later on Hill wrote one of the best-selling self-help books of all time, Think and Grow Rich.

The second story involves The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

The Secret generated $300 million in revenue in its first three years of release, and it quotes Charles F. Haanel numerous times as its inspiration.

The third story involves Bill Gates.

Now this story is just a rumor… but it says that Bill Gates read Charles F. Haanel and instantly dropped out of Harvard to later become the richest man in the world.

The words of Charles F. Haanel are incredibly powerful.

I’m so excited to reveal 52 of his Charles F. Haanel’s best quotes of all time for you below!

PART 1 – The Master Key System Quotes

The Master Key System is Charles F. Haanel’s most famous work.

The book is a masterpiece of the ‘New Thought’ movement that began around 1900 and was one of the first times that financial success was connected to mindset.

In New Thought philosophy, your dreams are achievable by thinking.

But The Master Key System is much more than a book… Haanel sold it as a 24-week correspondence course that got every reader practicing the visualization techniques at the end of each chapter.

Literally students had to sit still and practice ‘total concentration on what you want’.

Charles F. Haanel was the head of one of the largest business conglomerates at the time (Continental Commercial Company) and the quotes below are a mixture of personal development, self-help, spirituality and financial wisdom.

21 Charles F. Haanel Quotes on the Power of ‘Thought’

From The Master Key System

1. “The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.”

2. “We must “be” before we can “do,” and we can “do” only to the extent which we “are,” and what we “are” depends upon what we “think.””

3. “There is a world within — a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty; and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.”

4. “The world without is a reflection of the world within. What appears without is what has been found within. In the world within may be found infinite wisdom, infinite power and infinite supply of all that is necessary, waiting for unfoldment, development and expression. If we recognize these potentialities in the world within they will take form in the world without.”

5. “Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power.”

6. “You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day and expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of strong, positive, creative thought.”

7. “Realize that the Silence offers an ever available and almost unlimited opportunity for awakening the highest conception of Truth. Try to comprehend that Omnipotence itself is absolute silence; all else is change, activity, limitation. Silent thought concentration is therefore the true method of reaching, awakening and then expressing the wonderful potential power of the world within.”

8. “There is no limit to what this law can do for you; dare to believe in your own ideal; think of the ideal as an already accomplished fact.”

9. “All growth is from within. This is evident in all nature. Every plant, every animal, every human is a living testimony to this great law, and the error of the ages is in looking for strength or power from without.”

10. “Not what you think once in a while when you are in church, or have just read a good book, but your predominant mental attitude is what counts.”

11. “Our future is entirely within our own control. It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.”

12. “Eliminate, therefore, any possible tendency to complain of conditions as they have been or as they are, because it rests with you to change them and make them what you would like them to be.”

13. “Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”

14. “When you have learned to control yourself you will have found the “World Within” which controls the world without; you will have become irresistible; men and things will respond to your every wish without any apparent effort on your part.”

15. “Every thought therefore is a cause and every condition an effect; for this reason it is absolutely essential that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable conditions.”

16. “Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect, comfortably, but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour; continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure full control of your physical being.”

17. “The positive thought will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and the results will be just as effectual.”

18. “That a man can change himself, improve himself, re-create himself, control his environment, and master his own destiny is the conclusion of every mind who is wide-awake to the power of right thought in constructive action.”

19. “Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. By constant repetition it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves; we are making ourselves what we want to be.”

20. “We frequently hear it said, “A very distressing situation came into my life, which could not have been the result of my thought, as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result.” We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships — companionships of a particular kind — and these in turn bring about conditions and environment, which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.”

21. “There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has undergone since the downfall of Paganism. The present revolution in the opinions of all classes of men, the highest and most cultured of men as well as those of the laboring class, stands unparalleled in the history of the world. Science has of late mad such vast discoveries, has revealed such an infinity of resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities and such unsuspected forces, that scientific men more and more hesitate to affirm certain theories as established and indubitable or to deny certain other theories as absurd or impossible, and so a new civilization is being born' customs, creeds, and cruelty are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the dross of materialism is being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full orbed before an astonished multitude. The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power and a new consciousness, a new power and a new realization of the resources within the self.”

6 Charles F. Haanel Quotes on the ‘Law of Attraction’

From The Master Key System

22. “The law of attraction is the greatest and most infallible law upon which the entire system of creation depends.”

23. “Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.”

24. “The principle which gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love. This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in every system of Philosophy, in every Religion, and in every Science. There is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.”

25. “If you require love, try to realize that the only way to get love is by giving it, that the more you give the more you will get, and the only way you can give it is to fill yourself up with it, until you become a magnet.”

26. “For instance, a man is in debt. He will be continually thinking about the debt, concentrating on it, and as thoughts are causes the result is that he not only fastens the debt closer to him, but actually creates more debt. He is putting the great Law of Attraction into operation with the usual and inevitable result: Loss leads to greater “Loss.””

27. “It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing — not even the “bad” — because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive thought we are sowing the “wind” and shall reap the “whirlwind.””

5 Charles F. Haanel Quotes on the Universal Mind, Life and Divinity

From The Master Key System

28. “Amid all the mysteries by which we are surrounded, nothing is more certain than that we are ever in the presence of an Infinite and Eternal Energy from which all things proceed.”

29. “To become conscious of this power is to become a 'live wire.' The universe is the live wire. It carries power sufficient to meet every situation in the life of every individual. When the individual mind touches the universal mind, it receives all its power.”

30. “The spirit which sleeps in the mineral, breathes in the vegetable, moves in the animal, and reaches its highest development in man is the Universal Mind.”

31. “People say that they desire abundant life — and so they do — but so many interpret this to mean that if they will exercise their muscles or breathe scientifically, eat certain foods in certain ways, drink so many glasses of water every day of just a certain temperature, keep out of drafts, they will attain the abundant life they seek. The result of such methods is but indifferent. However, when man awakens to the truth and affirms his oneness with all Life, he finds that he takes on the clear eye, the elastic step, the vigor of youth; he finds that he has discovered the source of all power.”

32 “If you require Wealth, a realization of the fact that the “I” in you is one with the Universal mind, which is all substance and is Omnipotent, will assist you in bringing into operation the law of attraction, which will bring you into vibration with those forces which make for success and bring about conditions of power and affluence in direct proportion with the character and purpose of your affirmation.”

2 Charles F. Haanel Quotes on Success

From The Master Key System

33. “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.”

34. “Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because it has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who try to get without giving always find that the law of compensation is relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.”

2 Charles F. Haanel Quotes on Intuition

From The Master Key System

35. “Why is intuition superior to reason? - Because it does not depend upon experience or memory and frequently brings about the solution to our problems by methods concerning which we are in entire ignorance.”

36. “Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power.”

PART 2 – From Other Charles F. Haanel Works

Charles F. Haanel wrote five titles during his lifetime.

There were:

  • ​The Master Key System, 1912 (mail order course)
  • ​The Master Key System, 1917 (book format)
  • ​Mental Chemistry, 1922
  • ​The New Psychology, 1924.
  • ​A Book About You, 1928
  • ​The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi, 1937

Charles F. Haanel wrote five titles during his lifetime.

There were:

  • ​The Master Key System, 1912 (booklet)
  • ​The Garden of Eden and the Sex problem, 1925 (booklet)

Charles F. Haanel wrote five titles during his lifetime.

There were:

  • ​Master Key Arcana, 2004​

Below find 16 more quotes from Charles F. Haanel.

3 Charles F. Haanel Quotes from Mental Chemistry

37. “Thought is force. There are but two things in the universe: Force and Form. When we realize that we possess this and direct it and by it act on the forces and forms in the objective world, we shall have made our first experiment in mental chemistry.”

38. “The vibrations of mental forces are the finest and consequently the most powerful in existence.”

39. “You can think the thoughts of every sage, every artist, every financier, every captain of industry who ever existed, for thoughts never die.”

6 Charles F. Haanel Quotes from The New Psychology

40. “There is success, fame, and glory at the top, for the reason that few arrive to possess the abundance. There is room for you there. There is wealth for you there. There is glory for you there.”

41. “The Master Mind is within your body and soul, yet interpenetrating both. It is the Grand Man — the God Man — of each of us. It is the same in all human beings and is what is familiarly called the “I AM.””

42. “It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what he inherently is. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will give and continually give, and the more he gives the more he will receive.”

43. “Intense desire, therefore, is the first requisite in becoming a Master Mind. Those who have made a mark in this world — those who have ascended to the heights — are those who desired intensely and incessantly. Those weak in desire never reach Mastery or the Heights until they become strong and soulfully passionate in desire.”

44. “Dare to be an explorer in the realm of thought. Dare to think deeply and radically, for the mind, like muscles, grows strong with use.”

45. “Every person is what he is because of his method of thinking, and men and nations differ from each other only because they think differently.”

2 Charles F. Haanel Quotes from A Book About You

46. “Combine proper, intelligent, well-born emotion with an idea and it is like combining energy to mass — it goes forth with direction and force to bless the world with its goods.”

47. “If you think of concentrate along any particular line, you start a train of causation; and if your thought is sufficiently concentrated and kept continuously in mind, what happens?”

2 Charles F. Haanel Quotes from The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi

48. “The finer forces of nature may be dormant in you, but if so they are awaiting the call. The door is there—the lock is awaiting the key. The key is that knowledge you possess that will open the combination lock of the Cosmic Safe Deposit in which are stored many kinds of treasure. You by knowledge are to become the dweller in a mansion of your own choice where Peace and Happiness prevail.”

49. “The time and thought which most persons waste in aimless effort would accomplish wonders if properly directed with some special object in view. In order to do this, it is necessary to center your mental force upon a specific thought and hold it there, to the exclusion of all other thoughts.”

2 Charles F. Haanel Quote from The Master Key Arcana

50. “The Law of Love is a piece of pure science and the oldest and simplest form of Love is the elective affinity of two differing cells. Above all laws in the Law of Love, for Love is life.”

51. “Thoughts of courage, power, and inspiration will eventually take root and as this takes place, you will see life in a new light. Life will have a new meaning for you. You will be reconstructed and filled with joy, confidence, hope, and energy! You will see opportunities to which you were heretofore blind. You will recognize possibilities that before had no meaning for you. The thoughts with which you have been impregnated are radiated to those around you and they in turn help you onward and upward. You attract to yourself new associates and this in turn changes your environment. By the simple exercise of thought, you change not only yourself, but your environment, circumstances, and conditions.”

1 Charles F. Haanel Quote from The Garden of Eden and the Sex Problem

"52. “Unfortunately, there are many who do not seem to know that beauty, health, longevity, success, and even the ability to make money are the result of the proper expression of the life forces. Life is expression, not repression.

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