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As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh is James Allen's second 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 1902.

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, ad touches the soul but to bless it.

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

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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…
The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…