Top 10 Quotes from As A Man Thinketh
One of my initial goals with starting MoveMe Quotes was to create a platform that would put out daily reminders of goodness, peace, and motivation into the world – With the idea of spreading more good vibes and positively influencing more people. I have been doing this since 2010 and what I have slowly come to realize is that the person I have been influencing the most… is me.
Today, I find myself more positive, more grateful, and more calm than ever before. I find myself being more and more drawn to the good and being more and more repelled from the bad. Quotes, are now a part of my everyday life: I have conversations in quotes, I write using quotes, and I find myself giving advice to people in quotes. I no longer want to entertain any gossip or watch any TV, but rather want to read good books and engage in good conversations about life and meaning.
Needless to say, it was a pretty powerful transformation in my life that revolutionized who I am today.
In his book As A Man Thinketh, James Allen composed a series of short, pointed essays on the power of thinking positively and its influence on character, circumstance, and health. He uses a beautiful example of likening the human mind to that of a garden which, based on the work of the gardener, will produce lush, green, fruit-bearing plants, or due to neglect and bad seed planting, will produce nothing but weeds. Each quote I uploaded, each picture quote I posted, each short story I read was cultivating, planting, and watering the thoughts in my mind which eventually took over my actions and allowed me to become the person I am today.
You can’t create a beautiful garden, from scratch, in a day – it takes time and daily maintenance. Well, so too does a beautiful mind. When you spend some time cultivating your mind daily you’ll reap the benefits of powerful growth later on. Below, enjoy 10 of my favorite quotes from As A Man Thinketh and get a jump start on your new gardening ventures! Be sure to keep track of any of the quotes that poke out at you
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.”
“Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”
“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”
“As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.”
“To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison hole. But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.”
“As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.”
“Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force: he who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations; he who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.”
“A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.”
“Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.”