As a Man Thinketh

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“For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7

You will, no doubt be aware that the title of James Allen’s classic book – As a Man Thinketh – comes from the above quotation taken from the book of Proverbs.

It is an interesting thought, and the central premise of the book, that a person is the sum-total of everything he (or she) has ever thought. By the way, the gender-specific pronoun used in the title, at least in my opinion, encompasses females – man is effectively used as a shorthand version of the word mankind.

The authors purpose in writing, in his own words, is ’to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that they themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage’.

His central analogy is that of a garden. If you sow poor-quality thoughts (weeds) you will reap a poor harvest, but if you sow good quality thoughts (truth, love, tenderness, concern) you will reap a harvest that is bountiful, wholesome and profitable.

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As a Man Thinketh

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