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As a Man Thinketh Quotes

I was asked earlier this week what my favorite book was.  It took me a few seconds to answer because I’ve read a decent number of books over the years. But after some serious consideration, and sputtering out two or three titles, I ultimately settled on ‘As a Man Thinketh’. As such, I’d like share a quick synapsis of the book, as well as the top quotes from As a Man Thinketh.

Why? Because no other book has helped me to realize the power we wield to design and mold our lives to our making, than this book. So, here we go.

As a Man Thinketh

‘As a Man Thinketh’ is by no means a new book.  In fact, the book was originally published in 1903.  But the age of the book is irrelevant, especially when one considers the value that can be extracted from the proper application of the many admonishments set forth within its pages.

As a Man Thinketh

The Author, James Allen also wrote 19 other books, but this book is the book that he has become most well known for.  As such, this book was James Allen’s ultimate legacy.

‘As a Man Thinketh’ is a very short book.  In fact, it is more a literary essay than a book.  However, don’t let the size of the book fool you.  I would venture to say that this is one of those few books where the potential impact it can have on your life is inversely related to the volume of pages contained within in it.

Some books have many pages, but say little, while others have few pages, but say much.  This books is one of the few that fall within the latter.

The Hook

So why does this book pack such a punch?  Well, for starters, each sentence portrays a strong air of authority and gravitas to it.  You can tell, that what the author is communicating is something that he deeply believes.  His message is seemingly matter of fact and suggestive in nature.

Now, whether the audience believes his statements as fact or not, remains for the audience to decide.  But that is where the potential for life change resides within this book.  It’s as if the author wants us to test out his ideas for ourselves, and when we take up the challenge, that is when we come to realize the efficacy behind his wise suggestions.

The Message

If this book has one point to make, it can be summed up in the following quote by James Allen, which is this: “They themselves are makers of themselves.” – James Allen

As I’ve gone through this book over the years, I’ve outlined and highlighted many sections of the book.  And every now and then, I would do more than highlight sections I found extra valuable and useful.  For those extra special sections I would add an asterix next to them.

So to give you some immediate value in reading this review, I am going to share those sections with you that I’ve enjoyed the most.

Here they are, the top 25 As a Man Thinketh Quotes:

Top 25 Most Inspiring As a Man Thinketh Quotes

Best As a Man Thinketh Quotes

1. “The alteration in your circumstances will be in exact ratio with your altered mental condition.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

2. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much.” –  James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

3 “You will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

4. “Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

5. “Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose, the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

6. “Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

7. “A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

8. “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” –  James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

9. “The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, this you will BECOME.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

10.Self-control is strength; right thought is mastery, calmness is power.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh Quote

11. “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.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

12. “They themselves are makers of themselves.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

13. “Men do not attract that which they want, they attract that which they are.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

14. “Blessedness, not material possessions, is the measure of right thought; wretchedness, not lack of material possessions, is the measure of wrong thought.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

15. “Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

16. “To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

17. “Only he who is self-supporting is free, self-reliant, independent.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

18.  “The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

19. “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

20. “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

21. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

22. “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

23. “The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

24. “Circumstances does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

25. “You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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Is As a Man Thinketh worth reading? Well, I’ve read this book so many times I’ve lost count. So, yes, the book is worth your time, and worth reading. These days the book has become a resource to study, and something to come back to from time to time be reminded that we are responsible for our own happiness, our circumstances, and the outcomes we continue to get in both life and business.

It is a sobering message, but it’s one that has only lead to increasing good in my life. So, if you’re looking to shake things up in your life, give the book a read.

Till next time,


PS – If you enjoyed these As a Man Thinketh Quotes, then you’ll equally love these other thought related quotes by Napoleon Hill.

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