As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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 we have mortal bodies that are prone to sickness and degeneration. Yes, bad thoughts do corrupt the body and can lead to bad health, but the reverse is not always true. When it rains the sidewalk gets wet, but just because the sidewalk is wet, doesn’t mean it has rained.

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.
  • Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
  • Not what he wished 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.
  • A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape hist circumstances.
  • When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.
  • Clean thoughts make clean habits.
  • The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint.
  • Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
  • One man is an oppressor because many are slaves, let us despise the slaves…
  • You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.

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