“As a Man Thinketh” is a literary essay by James Allen, published in 1902. The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs.” The full passage, taken from the King James Version, is as follows: Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. While the passage suggests that one should consider the true motivations of a person who is being uncharacteristically generous before accepting his generosity, the title and content of Allen’s work refer to the reader himself.
Here is the classic James Allen work that has inspired millions around the world to change their lives for the better.
For nearly a hundred years, Allen’s words of positive thinking have provided the foundation for many of today’s motivational leaders, including Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, and Billy Graham. In this concise work, Allen offers a simple yet elegant message about the innate power of control we all possess.
As a Man Thinketh provides the means to gain confidence in ourselves, to take charge of the way we perceive things, and to reshape who we are to meet and conquer life’s inevitable challenges.
James Allen wrote: “THIS little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon 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.”