As A Man Thinketh

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by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh was first published in 1903. In it, Allen describes how man is the creator and shaper of his destiny by the thoughts which he thinks.  We rise and fall in exact accordance with the character of the thoughts which we entertain.  Our environment is the result of the thoughts that we harbor and the behavior that our thoughts bring about.

Part of the New Thought Movement, Allen reveals the secrets to having the most fulfilling existence possible, guided by a proper understanding and appreciate of how thought shapes our lives.  Allen advises on how to better manage our thoughts and how to direct them into more constructive behavior.  Though written more than one hundred years ago, the language and resonance of this classic still hold up today, inviting each of us to reflect not on the world and others, but our own thoughts and how to regain their possession. The title for the essay comes from the Bible: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7. In more than a century, As A Man Thinketh has become an inspirational classic, selling millions of copies worldwide and bringing faith, inspiration, and self- healing to all who have encountered it.

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Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.

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Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.

— James Allen, As A Man Thinketh