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As a Man Thinketh

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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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cliq Available once in a while on amazon for free. Got mine from there. Also from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4507 and …moreAvailable once in a while on amazon for free. Got mine from there. Also from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4507 and http://manybooks.net/titles/allenjame...

Have a nice time reading!(less)
Kevin Zielinski He's further illustrating the main idea of this chapter and the grand theme woven throughout the book: that is, "circumstances grow out of thought."…moreHe's further illustrating the main idea of this chapter and the grand theme woven throughout the book: that is, "circumstances grow out of thought." His point being that our outward circumstances (i.e. drunkenness or some other vice) occur in direct proportion to our inward thoughts (i.e. vicious inclinations). The same law is true for the opposite of vice (i.e. virtuous behavior), which springs forth in direct proportion to inward virtuous aspirations.
Simply put, we cannot fake outwardly what we think inwardly for very long. Thoughts--whether they be positive or negative--manifest physically if given enough time. Hence, "The human mind may be liked to a garden which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild," and "Thoughts and character are one, and as character can manifest and discover itself only through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of our life will always be found to be harmoniously related to our inner state."

I always liken the idea to this metaphor: When my mind and thoughts are a mess, so too is my room or house or outside environment also messy. What's on the outside reflects what's on the inside. (less)
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Sanjay Gautam
Nov 15, 2015 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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
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Heather
Oct 06, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annalisa
Jul 14, 2008 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Jesse Field
Oct 13, 2010 Jesse Field rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Sarah Milad
Jan 30, 2015 Sarah Milad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amir
Sep 23, 2016 Amir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
دوستان عزیز این کتاب بی نظیر رو که الهام بخش آدمهای بسیار بزرگی مثل آنتونی رابینز، جیم ران و ... هست رو حتما نگاهی بهش داشته باشید. بعد از خوندن تنها یک صفحه متوجه عمق و زیبایی مطالبش می شید.
This wonderful book is one the most exquisite, delicate, books I've ever read. Statements being uttered in the book carry a heavy deal of wisdom while gently they touch your soul. Here are some of them:

-The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state
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Gergana
Feb 07, 2016 Gergana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Secret fans
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
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Tom Lombardo
May 15, 2013 Tom Lombardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Azza
Oct 07, 2012 Azza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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.
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
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Logan
Dec 20, 2015 Logan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Pam
Sep 22, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Norm Davis
Jun 10, 2012 Norm Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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
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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
Ehab Gamal
كتاب بيتكلم عن ان افكار الانسان هي اقيم ما عنده وهي المكون الاساسي لشخصيته وحياته ... ومأخوذ علي الكتاب ده ان الكاتب سقط في فخ انه تعامل احيانا مع الانسان علي انه اله لها مدخلات ثابته ونتايج ثابته ونسي ان الانسان سبيكة من الافكار والافعال والطباع وكل ده بيئدي لنتايج مختلفه وملهاش قاعده ثابته .. في المجمل كتاب صغير ومفيد الي حد كبير
Shahad takleef
I didnt finish this book
i couldn't

i read only half of it and i was bored like hell, but i think there is nothing wrong with the book
it seems really good for people who likes these stuff , its about me i need a story line , or whatever something to keep me interested .

i felt like the book was speaking in my head " i only bore you because you are a young heart , if you were wise you would bow before my power "
and i was like "maybe later ? your highness ? " XD!!

though i rated it , but i feel like i
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Cassandra Kay Silva
This was basically the original version of "the secret". I consider this whole Law of Attraction thing a by product of a spoilt and generally healthy society, but apparently this idea has been circulating for some time. Anyone who has dealt with a debilitating illness brought on by nothing but genetics knows that you can't "think your way" out of a bad situation. You can make the best of what you have but blaming someones thoughts for the cards they were dealt in life be it poverty, health, or l ...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
Deepak Chaudhary
Aug 08, 2011 Deepak Chaudhary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
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
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Jay
May 07, 2016 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
To me this was a sermon on the power of positive thought. There are quite a few reviewers who take issue with the literal interpretations of the writing, for instance bad thoughts lead to sickness and bad health. We all know that bad health is caused by an imbalance of bodily humours which can be cured with a proper leeching. (That’s an attempt at levity.) Actually, I think a more forgiving interpretation, not literal, is appropriate here, just like for a church sermon. You can certainly imagine ...more
Tracy Nicole
Mar 31, 2013 Tracy Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get something new each time I read it. It was a gift from a friend. I have read it at least twenty times.
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
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Karen
May 28, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
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Aliza Rivera
Aug 05, 2013 Aliza Rivera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 Kara Lane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is one of my very favorite books. Since that book was written over 100 years ago, it is not copyright protected. In As a Woman Thinketh, all that Dorothy Hulst has done is replace all the masculine gender references with feminine gender references. So "he" becomes "she" and "him" becomes "her", etc.

This is the first 1-star rating I have ever given (and I hope it will be the last), but I was astonished to see that the reason given for this book was that she was "t
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Diamond Williams
Mar 27, 2016 Diamond Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was honestly just boring, awful, and fake deep.

Here's a line that really turned me off: " It has been usual for men to think and to say, 'Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us hate the oppressor.' Now, however, there is amongst an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment, and to say, 'One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves.'

Really perpetuates a 'blame the victim' mindset that is already prominent in our society while inte
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Josh
May 11, 2016 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man's; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His condition is also his own , and not another man's. His suffering a ...more
Patrick Riddle
Apr 06, 2008 Patrick Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  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?
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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
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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.” 254 likes
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