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As a Man Thinketh

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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1902)
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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)
ife 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...

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Sanjay Gautam
Dec 22, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
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 02, 2008 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 rated it did not like it
"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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Tom Lombardo
May 15, 2013 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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Sarah M.  Adly
Jan 26, 2015 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
Gergana
Jan 29, 2015 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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Amir
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Logan
Jan 07, 2010 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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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Azza
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Fuzaila
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Fuzaila by: Sharjeel
"As a man thinketh in his heart so is he"

^ That one sentence sums up the whole idea of this book, or rather, an essay.

In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen strongly professes the concept that a man is only as good as his thoughts. While in a sense, it may be true, you could also argue against it. It has a lot of possibilities for an amusing, thought-provoking debate.
Look at this –

“A man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of
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Norm Davis
Jun 10, 2012 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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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
Pam
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Cassandra Kay Silva
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
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
booklady
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone but especially if you're feeling down or need a good pick-me-up
Shelves: 2007, classic, philosophy
I've read this book many times. First ran across it 15 years ago and have come back to it many times; glean new treasures from it each time. This go-round was especially rich. Cheers! http://okie-booklady.blogspot.com/200...
Rakhi Dalal
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Susan Molloy
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
While going through a box of miscellany the other day, I came across this book. Intrigued, I flipped through the pages and started reading it. Though this appears to be a sort of philosophical work, the pictures and Internet-mimicking (making each page look like an Internet website) throughout the pages greatly distracts from its intent, thereby negating any seriousness and confirming its cartoonish presentation. In a positive vein, the Old Masters type reproductions ion the pages are pleasing t ...more
Hans
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Josh
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
"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
BookOfCinz
2018
As A Man Thinketh, so he is.
Whatever you think, you become.
You are LITERALLY what you think.
This short read is a great reminder that we should guard our thoughts and ensure we are thinking great things.
MUST. READ.

2017
A timely reminder. I will definitely be using the suggestions in this book for the coming year.
Yasmine Aouissi
3,5. So here's the thing... If you arn't familiar
with "The law of attraction" then this book is a great place to start from. It is a very interesting concept that I'm sure will help a lot of people, but for me I felt like I didn't learn anything new from the book since I already had background knowledge about the topic. Still it was an interesting read, and beneficial to some point. So even if you are familiar with the concept I'd still recommend it.
Deepak Chaudhary
Aug 08, 2011 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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Shahad takleef
I didnt finish this book, I simply couldn't.

i read only half of it and i was bored to the bone , but i think there is nothing wrong with the book, it seems really good for people who like 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!

Overall , Though i rated
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Patrick Riddle
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!"
Fatemeh
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book implicitly defines what integrity really means, although it doesn't mention integrity individually.
It states that what men obtain is the natural outcome of his thought and action.
Based of my comprehension, thought, action and harvest all are one object if defined in terms of integrity.
Neelmani Shankar
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very nice book for novices and starters.
This book gives you the moral boost and the support that your self esteem is the driving force behind every success. Believe in yourself and keep trying and you will definitely reach your goal.
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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.” 322 likes
“Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ” 308 likes
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