Framing the Dialogue

As A Man Thinketh

“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. 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.”

Originally published in 1903, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen provides much about the relationship between thought, action and being.  The title alone gives you the sense of the dialogue contained in the book.  The book was interesting, though repetitive.  It was recommended in another book that I didn’t like so I, of course, decided to that that author’s recommendation.  I’m glad that I did, but I’ve read better “self-help” type books.  This one just wasn’t to my taste.

“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.”

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