The Aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," embraces

the whole of man's being, but is so comprehensive that it reaches out to

every condition and circumstance of life. A man is literally what he

thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so

every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought and could not

have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called

"spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those which are deliberately


Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits;

thus does a man harvest the sweet and bitter fruitage od his own


Thought in the mind

Hath made us what we are

By thought was wrought and built.

If a man's mind

Hath evil thoughts,

Pain comes on him

As comes the wheel the ox behind...

If one endure in purity of thought,

Joy follows him

As his own shadow-sure.

Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause

and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought

as in the world of visible and material things.

A noble character and God-like character is not a thing of favor or

chance, but is the natural result of a continued effort in right

thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like

thought. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the

result of the continued harboring of groveling thoughts.

                                                                James Allen

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