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As a Man Thinketh

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  24,390 ratings  ·  1,240 reviews
All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve is the direct result of our own thoughts. As a Man Thinketh is a classic in the truest sense: few books have been so widely read, have stood the test of time so well, have had such an impact on generations of readers, and have carried such a simple, profound message: You are what you think. Og Mandino counted As a Man Thi ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Tremendous Life Books (first published January 1st 1902)
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Sanjay Gautam

"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Thought is the seed for action. If you control the cause- you can control the effect. The main message of this succinct, yet powerful, book is: the quality of your thoughts determine your quality of life. If your thoughts are pure and good, your life will also be good; and vice versa.

"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. I
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
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
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 cart, read by "Brian Johnson, Philosopher and CEO of," 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
I can hardly believe that this book was published in 1902!

If you know about the "Law of Attraction" it's very likely you found out about it from a movie called The Secret that came out in 2006 - a 100 years later! A part of the human population was blown away by it (me included), other parts were either amused, disturbed, hated it or found it hard to care.

Now, this review contemplation rant WHATEVER will be weird, especially if you don't believe in the Law of Attraction. It's very likely you'll
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Close your eyes..
look deep into yourself..
what do you see.?
red..? black.?
no.. go deeper..
concentrate on your breath..
unable to concentrate..?
finding some murmurs in the background.?
well.. those are your thoughts..
those thoughts which fill your mind every moment..
most of us do not observe our thoughts.
start observing them..
try to concentrate on each and every thought as a single grain of sand..
most of them will be repetitive..
eliminate them..
fill your mind with cheerful thoughts..
replace eve
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
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
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.
Sarah Milad
بصوا الكتاب بجد حلو أوى و مشجع كده يمكن أفكاره بشكل كبير بتتجه لحركة الnew age بس حلو برضوه ناخد الحلو فى كل حاجة...فرق معايا اوى و شجعنى فى وقت بصارع مع حاجة كفيلة أنها تدمرنى...أدانى قوة و فكر يخلينى مهما حصل ينفع أفضل واقفة على رجلى ﻷنه ببساطة فكرى هو السيد فى المشكلة و مش المشكلة...يا جماعة أشجعكم تقرأوه ده أصﻻ صغير مش كبير
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
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.
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
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
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
Hany Adieb

الكتاب يتحدث عن موضع هام و خطير " الذهن "

كيف تتحول حياة الكثيرين الى النجاح و البعض الاخر الى الفشل ، يحدثنا الكاتب عن الفكر المستمر الذي يراعيه الانسان مثل مبدأ الزرع و الحصاد ، فما تزرعه في حياتك ما ستجده و لو بعد حين ، و ربما يقول احدهم انه لايزرع في افكاره شيء ، لكن المؤلف يرد انه سيصبح فكره مثل برية تنمو فيها اعشاب ردية و حياة ملوثة .. لن يصل لشيء .

الكتاب و ان كان يعول كثيرين على الافكار التي تشغل عقل الانسان وذهنه الا انه يمنح للانسان قوة مطلقة في اصلاح حياته بل و تطويرها ، و اتفق مع ال
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
Celeste Batchelor
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
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
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
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
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?
Sowmya's book world
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 barque 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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For me this was the perfect way to end the year! In 2014 I have read a lot of books about neuroscience, subliminals and motivation and this small volume, which was written already in 1903, summarizes what I have discovered too:

The outside world is created by what you think in your heart.

It's impossible to "teach" such findings and James Allen does the only reasonable thing. He finds crystal clear words and challenges the reader to think about them. Accepting them will give y
Tony Rogers jr
A classic book that changed my thinking about 10 years ago. I have read it every year since, and will continue to do so.
A Man is literally what he thinks!
Extremely inspiring 7 short chapters on how our thoughts define who we are!
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Embracing his 50 page essay, is to know its author, James Allen. For Allen, simple and pure is how he thought and lived. The book will get you thinking - even when you'd rather be doing something else. In no uncertain terms, Allen underscores how thought leads to action. He shows us how to turn our dreams into realities. Allen's work embodies the influence of Protestant liberalism with Buddhist thought. For example, the Buddha teaches, All
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:

Richard Lazaras:

The hyper agency assumed in 'self authorship' of environmental context is
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
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
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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.” 213 likes
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