Every man reaps the results of his own thoughts and deeds, and suffers for his own wrong.
He who begins right, and continues right, does not need to desire, and search for felicitous results; they are already at hand; they follow as consequences; they are the certainties, the realities, of life.
Sweet is the rest and deep is the bliss of him who has freed his heart from its lusts and hatreds and dark desires.
You are the creator of your own shadows; you desire, and then you grieve; renounce, and then you shall rejoice.
Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul…none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of character, environment, and destiny.
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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.