Charles F. Haanel (1886 – 1949) was an American writer and philosopher who wrote a number of books on the topics of self-improvement, mental science, and financial success. In his most famous work, The Master Key System, Haanel lays out a simple yet powerful system for achieving success in any area of life.
Haanel’s ideas are based on the belief that our thoughts create our reality. If we want to change our lives, we need to change our thinking. This is easier said than done, of course, but Haanel’s system provides a roadmap for doing just that.
The Master Key System is divided into 24 parts, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the mind and how it can be used to create success.
While Haanel’s ideas may seem simplistic at first, there is real power in them. Below, we have listed some of Haanel’s most famous quotes and sayings on the power of thought and the Master Key System.
Charles Haanel Quotes
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries is the power of thought.” Charles F. Haanel
“You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“To acquire love… fill yourself up with it until you become a magnet.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly bring to you the conditions, environment and experiences in life, corresponding with your habitual, characteristic, predominant mental attitude. Not what you think about once in a while when you are in church, or have just read a good book, but your predominant mental attitude is what counts.” Charles F. Haanel
“To improve our conditions we must first improve ourselves.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“Then comes the process of visualization. You must see the picture more and more complete, see the detail, and, as the details begin to unfold the ways and means for bringing it into manifestation will develop. One thing will lead to another. Thought will lead to action, action will develop methods, methods will develop friends, and friends will bring about circumstances, and, finally, the third step, or materialization, will have been accomplished.” Charles F. Haanel
“Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power.” Charles F. Haanel
“Seek the silence frequently. Power comes from repose.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” Charles F. Haanel
“When you are at one with the world, you often find that the thing you seek is seeking you.” Charles F. Haanel
“The emotions must be called upon to give feeling to the thought so it will take form.” Charles F. Haanel
“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.” Charles F. Haanel
“The real secret of power is consciousness of power.” Charles F. Haanel
“All power that anyone can possibly use is within, waiting to be made visible, first by recognizing it, then affirming it as ours.” Charles F. Haanel
“Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience.” Charles F. Haanel
Charles Haanel influenced many New Thought writers who came after him, including Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale. His ideas have helped millions of people to improve their lives and create the success they desire. For more New Thought authors, be sure to check out: