“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he, not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. “
James Allen (1864-1912)
As a Man Thinketh (1902), Man – in traditional terms – refers to humanity as a whole and to species. Allen’s book was the first of nineteen books he wrote as a prosperous expression of ideas – some say today, he was ahead of his time.
Allen to this day lives on to inspire generations. The James Allen Free Library aspires to make all the works of inspirational writer James Allen, available online, to anyone, for free, in as many languages as possible, you can read all the chapters of the infamous book As a Man Thinketh. If you are new to Allen’s work, it is suggested you read this one first, and be prepared to be surprised and learn on how he was ahead of his time.
In the Forward section of his small book, he writes, this little Volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much written subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being 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, that mind is the Master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that as they may have hitherto, woven in ignorance and pain, they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.