As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

Do you have to highlight, underline and make notes in any good book your reading? I can’t borrow a really good book from friends for this reason. If I read into it a few pages and am wishing I could highlight this and that, I might as well go out and buy the book so I can relax and mark it all up.

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is a book that will make you wear a highlighter plum out as just about every thing he says is deep and profound. James Allen has a gift at distilling words to the point that everything he pens to paper is solid meat.

-Blane Sheffield
October 24, 2011

Some of the things I had to highlight:

“When he begins to reflect upon his condition and search diligently for the law upon which his being is established, [a man] then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought” (As a Man Thinketh – James Allen, p. 10).

“That he is the maker of his character, the molder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, [a man] may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effect upon others and his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation” (As a Man Thinketh – James Allen, p. 11).

“Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true of those who feel ‘out of harmony’ with their surroundings as of those who are contented with them” (As a Man Thinketh – James Allen, p. 14).

“The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state…The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears…Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are” (As a Man Thinketh – James Allen, p18).

“Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions” (As a Man Thinketh – James Allen, p18).

-Blane Sheffield

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