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As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh is James Allen's third book. He described it as "A book that will help you to help yourself", "A pocket companion for thoughtful people", and "A book on the power and right application of thought." It was first published in 1903—most sites incorrectly claim that the book was published in 1902. The first edition was published by The Savoy Publishing Company and was pocket size and daintily bound in cream leatherette with gold lettering.

Man is the creator and shaper of his destiny by the thoughts which he thinks. He rises and falls in exact accordance with the character of the thoughts which he entertains. His environment is the result of what he has thought and done in the past, and his circumstances in the future are being shaped and built by his present desires, aspirations, thoughts and actions. He therefore who chooses and pursues a particular line of thought, consciously builds his own destiny. This the book makes this clear.

It is beautifully written, practical, and breathes throughout a tone of high spirituality. It is full of the highest teaching, and will be a source of inspiration to everyone who ponders its words of truth. It is written with a forcible and lucid style, and the subjects are presented in such a manner that the reader cannot fail to be interested and helped. It contains a great deal of wisdom, tersely and beautifully expressed. Every page breathes the spirit of a calm, thoughtful, and religious mind. The tone is like that of a grateful melody that at once soothes and inspires. It is always true, and touches the soul but to bless it.

*If you are new to Allen and his works, you probably want to start with this book.

This book is also available as an audio book.

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Foreword

This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that— "They themselves are makers of themselves." by…
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Thought and Character

The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he, (Proverbs 23:7)" not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his…
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Effect of Thought on Circumstances

Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. Just as…
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Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. Disease and health,…
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Thought and Purpose

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. They who have no central purpose in their…
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The Thought-Factor in Achievement

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man's; they are…
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Visions and Ideals

The dreamers are the saviors 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;…
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Serenity

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself…
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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen A book that will help you to help yourself! A pocket companion for thoughtful people! A book on the power and right application of thought! Millions of people worldwide have read and benefitted from As a Man Thinketh.  Although not a "New Thought" book, Allen is often credited…
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