As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen mainly discusses the power of thought. The book is so helpful to people who want to change their lives. James Allen shows readers that they can change their circumstances using their thoughts. In other words, James informs readers that their thoughts create their reality.
James Allen wants us to perceive ourselves as masters of our destiny rather than victims of circumstance. After reading the book, you’ll want to think thoughts that align with your desires.
I read the book and gathered these quotes.
- A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
- Of all the uplifting, ennobling thoughts you can dwell upon, none is more powerful than this: that you are the master of your own mind, the author of your own character, and thus the maker of your own destiny.
- The mind is like a garden which can be cultivated or allowed to run wild. Either way, it will bring forth results.
- People do not attract what they want, but what they are. Our whims and daydreams may not come true, but who we are will always be manifest in our external lives
- Until we have wiped every impure thought from our minds and cleansed every spot from our souls, how can we know that our sufferings are the result of our virtues and not our faults? Or that victory will not come to us tomorrow, if we persist through today’s setbacks?
- The purpose of suffering is to teach, strengthen, and purify. Do not whine and pity yourself; learn and grow from your faults and failures. Search for the hidden justice that rules your life. Instead of kicking against circumstances, use them as stair-steps to greater heights, as challenges that reveal new powers within yourself.
- Once you conceive a purpose, create a plan for its attainment. Look neither to the right nor left—fears and doubts will only pull you off-track. Those who focus on fear never accomplish anything. The power to do springs from the confidence that you can
- The weakest soul, knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth that strength can only be developed by effort and practice, will, thus believing, at once begin to exert itself, and, adding effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease to develop, and will, at last, grow divinely strong.
- As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.
- To achieve anything, we must lift our thoughts above sloth and self-indulgence.
- All achievements—whether in business, science, the arts, or in personal development and spiritual evolution—are the result of purpose-driven thought.
- In all human endeavors, there are efforts and there are results. The result is proportional to the strength of effort.
- Peace of mind is the crowning jewel of wisdom. It is the result of long, patient practice leading to the mastery of thoughts and moods.
- The more peaceful a person becomes, the greater their success and influence. Others will trust them, be drawn to them, and lean on them in times of trouble.
- The vision that you hold in your mind, the ideal that you cherish in your heart—this you will build your life by, and this you will become.
- Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts, which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts.
- The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
- UNTIL thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
- They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness
- ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thought
- Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.