The following is a list of quotes from As a Man Thinketh. You can read the entire book here or listen to the audio book here.
Chapter 1: Thought and Character
As the plant springs from, and could not be without the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.
Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.
Chapter 2: Effect of Thought on Circumstances
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires,—and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.
Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you, are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
Chapter 3: Effect of Thought on Health and the Body
Thought is the fountain of action, life, and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure.
If you would protect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.
There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow.
Chapter 4: Thought and Purpose
Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure.
The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
Chapter 5: 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.
Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
Chapter 6: Visions and Ideals
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.
Chapter 7: Serenity
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
In the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep: wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, "Peace, be still!"
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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.