The will to evil and the will to good are both within thee, which wilt thou employ?
Thou knowest what is right and what is wrong, which wilt though love and foster, which destroy?
Thou art the chooser of thy thoughts and deeds; thou art the maker of thine inward state; the power is thine to be what thou wilt be; thou buildest Truth and Love, or lies and hate.
The teaching of Jesus brings men back to the simple truth that righteousness, or right-doing, is entirely a matter of individual conduct, and not a mystical something apart from a man’s thoughts and deeds.
Calmness and patience can become habitual by first grasping, through effort, a calm and patient thought, and then continuously thinking it, and living in it, until “use becomes second nature,” and anger and impatience pass away for ever.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.