Book Review: As A Man Thinketh

It’s been almost a month since I reviewed a book. I started 2020 with reading old classics that I thought to share here on my blog for my readers. I’ve not read anything new in the months of June and July, apart from As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. I picked up a couple of interesting quotes from the book, from which I will extrapolate on in another blog post. 


Book: As A Man Thinketh

Pages: 42

Goodreads synopsis

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he  Proverbs 23, verse 7.  First published in 1907, James Allen’s literary essay became an international classic. It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently, he may remake his life and transform his consequences.


Inspirational and Encouraging Quotes From As A Man Thinketh

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

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.

A noble or godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but it is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts. 

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.

Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn and he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.

The soul attracts that which it secrets harbours; 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. 

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.

His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves, therefore they remain bound. 

If you would protect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.

A man should conceive a legitimate purpose in his heart and set out to accomplish it.

The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of a soul, a wakening angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. 


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