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As a Man Thinketh

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"As a Man Thinketh" is an inspirational classic that should be in everyone's personal library. It's simple message, "You are what you think," has profound implications and gives everyone a chance for inner reflection, self-improvement and contemplation. Og Mandino included it among the top ten success books of all time. It's small size and simple message makes it a perfect...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Bookcraft (first published January 1st 1902)
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Annalisa
Jul 14, 2008 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Crystalyn
A small collection of thoughts on how powerful our minds truly are, this is book you'll want to turn to again and again because though it's short, it's deep with meaning. There is no fluff to distract our brains from epiphany to epiphany. Some of my favorite quotes:
Thought and character are one.
The dreamers are the saviors of the world.
In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not.
A man is literally wh...more
Heather
I read this book yesterday. I really enjoyed it and have set some new personal development goals in line with the book's concepts. This is a book I will reread throughout my life.

I do disagree with one point. James Allen said that bad thoughts lead to sickness and disease, which is the part I agree with. He also said the reverse is true, bad health is a result of bad thoughts, which I do not agree. I don't believe that all sickness and disease is a result of bad thoughts or sin. I believe that w...more
Jesse Field
"Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force." This is the basic idea behind all of James Allen's sugary half-truths. When I found an audio file with this text pre-packaged into my new learnoutloud.com cart, read by "Brian Johnson, Philosopher and CEO of Zaadz.com," I was briefly intrigued.

Then as I listened a bit more, I thought it was some kind of joke or parody -- surely in just a moment Brian, "Philosopher," will put on a more genuine, critical voice. Surely he would tell us...more
Tom Lombardo
In 2003, a number of leading self-help authors were asked to list the works that were, to them, most inspirational. The book mentioned most often was James Allen's As a Man Thinketh.

Despite the fact that his books have been inspirational for generations, very little is known about the man himself. He was born in Leicester, England. When he was fifteen his father was brutally murdered by a robber, forcing Allen out of school and into the workforce. He eventually worked his way up to the position...more
Pam
Written in 1902_the title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” RUN,DON'T WALK,and get several copies to share as it still or maybe more RELEVANT TODAY than EVER!

Quotes From As a Man Thinketh
Men do not attract what they want, but what they are.
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs...more
Norm Davis
Jun 10, 2012 Norm Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Norm by: A stranger willing to help me when I needed help.
The first “self help” book I ever read was Norman Vincent Peale's “The Power of Positive Thinking”. I was a troubled kid seriously trudging down the “wrong road”. Seeing this and evidently caring about it, a “stranger” jewelry salesman at a large department store offered me the book. Guess he thought the loss of the book would be better than the loss of ear rings from his department around Mother's Day.

Since reading that book I have read in the neighborhood of 500-1,000 of these type of books....more
Logan
I found this in one of my apartments on my mission and it looks like it used to be required reading. I read it then and thought it was decent. I read it recently and thought it was pretty poor. It felt a little bit too much like "The Secret" ... just think about something and you'll get it. If you think good thoughts you'll have a good happy life and vice versa. If only those people suffering genocide in Darfur could think better thoughts...

To be fair, I do agree to an extent and know that focus...more
Azza
Good thoughts will bring you good things in life, bad thoughts will bring you bad things. Here you go, you just read the book.

Reading this sentence is exactly like reading the whole book because it is the only idea in there but is repeated like a million times, in all possible ways. But that does not mean I don't believe in it, I do. It makes sense to me.
Rakhi Dalal
In the foreword, the Author says that this work is intended as suggestive rather than explanatory. He conveys that, this is not an exhaustive treatise, but a result of his own meditation and experience in the direction. I couldn’t but agree more with him.

Through this short book, James has explained relation of our thoughts with our character, health and circumstances. He has also tried to maintain a relation of our thoughts with purpose and achievement in life. Though the book is written in a mo...more
Beth
It's amazing to me how certain philosophies are timeless. This book was written 100 years ago during England's industrial age when oppression of the average worker was standard practice. James Allen tells the reader how your thoughts, not mere circumstance, are what creates your life events. Allen believes there is a law of thought that determines our every life event. All action comes from thought. This is so similar to book like The Secret and other books that have been so popular in the last...more
Deepak Chaudhary
This is a beautiful little book anyone everyone should read it as you could probably read it in a few hours as this a really small book and this is one of those books that you can legally download for free since its copyright or something on it has expired all you have to do is on Google search "As A Man Thinketh filetype: pdf" and you should be able to get it for free.
This book just really concentrates all the great things any religious or spiritual material without trying to convert to anythin...more
Karen
May 28, 2012 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL
Recommended to Karen by: Deanna Rowen
Shelves: classics, education
I have to start by saying that I read From Power to Poverty also (the "bonus book" included). DON'T read Power to Poverty. It is a waste of time!

I LOVED As a Man Thinketh - I am having Landon use it for dictation and we are doing a paragraph at a time, using it for vocabulary, but he is also making notes and writing in his journal his analysis of what is written. This is a powerful book to ponder and analyze. It is inspiring. I am really enjoying discussing it with Landon!

From Power to Poverty h...more
Celeste
This is a great little book about positive thinking and attitude. I have needed to ponder this book a bit and see how to apply it better.

I agree with a great deal of this book. Our society likes to place blame on everyone but oneself. If one is poor, it is because of the economy. If one is rich, it is luck. Where is the dependence on self-reliance? Too much emphasis is placed on success in monetary forms rather than of personal respectability. I like the features of this book that discuss person...more
Hans
This book could be summoned up as "You are ultimately responsible for your life through your thoughts". James Allen's presents his ideas like a no-holds-bar-stop-making-excuses-for-your-life slap in the face. I definitely agree with his major points though at times his moralizing seems a bit antiquated the core concepts are pretty solid. This book made me think about excuses, complaining and justifications vs. sacrifice and hard work. What I find intriguing about it is that all of us have such p...more
Imene light
'' Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and
growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the
garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts,
and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and
pure thoughts, By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he
is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals,
within himself, the laws of thought, and un...more
Patrick Riddle
Apr 06, 2008 Patrick Riddle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Simple, short, and yet amazing! This book can be read in 20 to 30 minutes. This is one of those books where every line is a seminar that can be reflected on and pondered. No fluff here.

It's the kind of book that you'll be reading and all of sudden, you have to put the book down to comprehend the magnitude of what is being said.

Thoughts are things. Read this book to find out how to put this universal law into action. Need I say more?
Book'd
A Man is literally what he thinks!
Extremely inspiring 7 short chapters on how our thoughts define who we are!
Michael Palkowski
The dichotomy between 'good' and 'bad' thoughts is way too simplistic as I think glum and distressing ideas are fairly normal and so a truly wise person knows to level out all abundance when it comes to the mind. The book is a precursor to the repugnant 'positive thinking' movement which has failed convincingly:

Chris Hedges: http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/...

Richard Lazaras: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2003-...

The hyper agency assumed in 'self authorship' of environmental context is...more
James
This is a very short book that is more like a phrasebook or a bunch of mantras for repeating to yourself on a cloudy day. Actually, this booklet reminded me of when I was in Brazil, running into groups of "Crentes" (believers) who would walk down the street clutching their bible like a sick child and muttering half scripture, half "yea me I'm awesome!" phrases to themselves and anyone within a 10 foot radius.

Which is sad. Don't get me wrong. I'm religious. I'm into feeling good about myself. I c...more
Garin Hess
Having finally read this highly recommended book, I'm sure if I were to read it over and over again at different times throughout my life it would bring me new insights. I particularly appreciated the author's emphasis on patience with external circumstance, while not yielding the high ground.

That said, there are indeed some circumstances that make it nearly impossible to follow the well thought out injunctions promoted in this book. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because he did n...more
Lon
Although I didn't find myself swallowing everything Allen suggests about the power of our own thinking, there was plenty to chew on. A few favorite lines:

"Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself . . ."

And

"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. In no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance...more
Anna
I was apprehensive about this little treatise for a multitude of reasons, one of them being that I could easily read it in one sitting (which I ultimately did-- by the pool, interestingly enough, though it's by no means "pool reading"). Another is Allen's insistence that personal circumstance is inevitably linked to personal thought. If your thoughts are good and righteous, you will be met with a pleasant life, and the opposite. But the more I read and the more I think about Allen's approach, th...more
Lisa Jones
Do you meditate daily? Every morning, I wait until the house is quiet and say my rosary. The act of stopping all erratic and busy thoughts and constant movement to reflect on the focus of my mind and appreciating my blessings makes me a calmer person. When I say my prayers in the morning, I notice that I thought about my prayers and promises to God during the day, which makes me a better Christian. My actions are influenced by my thoughts.

That is the basic thesis of As a Man Thinketh, a litera...more
Greg
I read this book before, many years ago, and when I saw it in e-book form, I decided to read it again. It was as thoughtful (and thought-provoking) as I remembered. The theme is that "A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts...A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts."

There is much to learn from...more
Jessie
Warning: the following review is an unorganized compilation of notes to myself, and is thus formatted disjointedly and will probably make no sense to you.

The object of this little book is "to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that they themselves are makers of themselves. This book is empowering.

Here are some of my favorite parts (my comments in parenthesis):

"Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits...more
Aliza Rivera
This book could be summoned up as "You are ultimately responsible for your life through your thoughts". James Allen's presents his ideas like a no-holds-bar-stop-making-excuses-for-your-life slap in the face. I definitely agree with his major points though at times his moralizing seems a bit antiquated the core concepts are pretty solid. This book made me think about excuses, complaining and justifications vs. sacrifice and hard work. What I find intriguing about it is that all of us have such p...more
Don Kaiser
It looks like a children's book--just 72 pages. But every page is packed with fantastic stuff. In fact, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in personal development books just by reading this one; that's because all modern personal development theory seems to spring from it. "As a Man Thinketh" is the Mitochondrial Eve of self-help books. It was published at the turn of the century by James Allen, one of the first new-age thinkers, who writes from experience; just two days after arriving i...more
Stephanie Blake
I discovered this classic while doing research for a Bible study. I was unaware of it, but was able to download it free onto my Kindle Fire. Written either in 1902 or 1903 (depending on the source you read), it is still very timely. I intend to read it again.

Although I do not agree totally with everything that Mr. Allen says, I certainly agree with his premise because it is based on scripture. Proverbs 23:7 states "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Mr. Allen said that "a man is literally...more
Shanae
I thoroughly enjoyed As a Man Thinketh and inhaled this short self-help guide because I felt that Allen was writing this book to speak to all men and women at a variety of stages in human life. The idea that your character is the sum of al your thoughts, action is a direct result of thought, you're made and unmade by yourself, the outer world of circumstances is shaped by the inner world of thought, only you can alter your condition, etc. are all ideals that are effective to changing or helping...more
Gregory
Once again, a book that strongly emphasises the power of thought and that thoughts are things.
This book has taught me that my daily circumstances are strongly influenced by my thoughts.
This book is definitely on my personal list of classics.
Although it was released on Bookcraft, it is not authored by a Latter-Day Saint.
However, I have found it to be very popular amongst my Latter-day Saint colleagues.
The title of the book was inspired by and based on Proverbs Chapter 23 verse 7, “For as a man th...more
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Allen was 15 when his father, a businessman, was robbed and murdered. He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family. He later married Lily L. Allen and became an executive secretary for a large company. At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Allen — along with his wife and thei...more
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“A 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. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” 138 likes
“The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state...Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” 136 likes
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