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Tuble oI Contents


I. ¡oreword bv ¡runk Rumbuuskus q

II. ¡oreword bv Jumes AIIen =

¡. TIougIL und CIurucLer 6

¡¡. EIIecL oI TIougIL on CIrcumsLunce 8

¡¡¡. EIIecL oI TIougIL on HeuILI 1q
und TIe Bodv

¡V. TIougIL und Purpose 16

V. TIe TIougIL-¡ucLor In AcIIevemenL 18

V¡. VIsIons und ¡deuIs zo

V¡¡. SerenILv z¤

AbouL LIe AuLIor z=















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Ioreword by Irunk Rombuoskus

¡ consIder mvseII exLremeIv IorLunuLe In IuvIng Iound LIe knowIedge, eurIv on, oI
Iow Lo succeed In IIIe. ¡ gIve mosL oI LIe credIL Ior LIe success ¡`ve ucIIeved Lo NupoIeon
HIII, LIrougI wIose work ¡ Iuve ucquIred LIe knowIedge oI Iow Lo uLLuIn IIgI
ucIIevemenL In IIIe.

¡ conLInue Lo sLudv Dr. HIII`s books und uudIo progrums on u neur-duIIv busIs, us
weII us LIe works oI oLIers wIo Iuve conLrIbuLed Lo LIe knowIedge buse oI success.

TIrougI LIe veurs ¡`ve bougIL dozens oI copIes oI HIII`s und oLIer`s books und
gIven LIem uwuv Lo IrIends und IumIIv wILI LIe Iope LIuL LIev wouId uIso Ieurn wIuL ¡`d
Ieurned, und ucquIre LIe knowIedge LIe Iuws oI success us weII. TIe probIem Is geLLIng
LIem sLurLed on reudIng In LIe IIrsL pIuce - some oI LIese books ure verv Iurge und quILe
InLImIduLIng on IIrsL gIunce!

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Iess LIun Lwo Iours Lo reud LIorougIIv conLuIns LIe busIs oI success, LIe besL oI
NupoIeon HIII`s Thinl cnd Grou Rich und RuIpI WuIdo Emerson`s Compensction In
sucI u brIeI voIume!

As A Mcn Thinleth Indeed conLuIns LIe verv busIs oI LIe IormuIu Ior success, LIe
verv sume IormuIu ¡ used Lo go Irom LIe Ioss oI u job uILer ¤J11 und LIe IInuncIuI
IurdsIIp LIuL goes uIong wILI LIuL, Lo reLIrIng Ior good on AugusL 1;, zoo¤ uL LIe uge oI
¤o, suIe und secure In LIe knowIedge LIuL ¡ wouId never Iuve Lo work uguIn unIess ¡
wunLed Lo.

TIIs book conLuIns NupoIeon HIII`s ¨Supreme SecreL¨ Lo wIIcI Ie reIers In Thinl
cnd Grou Rich, us weII us RuIpI WuIdo Emerson`s ¨¡uw oI CompensuLIon,¨ un
undersLundIng oI wIIcI Is essenLIuI Lo LIe uLLuInmenL oI IIgI sLuLIons In IIIe.

WILI LIuL, pIeuse go uIeud und begIn reudIng As A Mcn Thinleth. ¡L won`L Luke
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Foreword by James Allen
TIIs IILLIe voIume (LIe resuIL oI medILuLIon und experIence) Is noL InLended us un
exIuusLIve LreuLIse on LIe mucI-wrILLen upon subjecL oI LIe power oI LIougIL. ¡L Is
suggesLIve ruLIer LIun expIunuLorv, ILs objecL beIng Lo sLImuIuLe men und women Lo LIe
dIscoverv und percepLIon oI LIe LruLI LIuL -
"TIev LIemseIves ure mukers oI LIemseIves"
bv vIrLue oI LIe LIougILs wIIcI LIev cIoose und encouruge; LIuL mInd Is LIe musLer
weuver, boLI oI LIe Inner gurmenL oI cIurucLer und LIe ouLer gurmenL oI cIrcumsLunce,
und LIuL, us LIev muv Iuve IILIerLo woven In Ignorunce und puIn LIev muv now weuve In
enIIgILenmenL und IuppIness.

Jumes AIIen
































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Chupter One

Thoouht und Churucter

TIe upIorIsm, "As u mun LIInkeLI In IIs IeurL so Is Ie," noL onIv embruces LIe
wIoIe oI u mun's beIng, buL Is so compreIensIve us Lo reucI ouL Lo everv condILIon und
cIrcumsLunce oI IIs IIIe. A mun Is IILeruIIv uhct he thinls, IIs cIurucLer beIng LIe
compIeLe sum oI uII IIs LIougILs.
As LIe pIunL sprIngs Irom, und couId noL be wILIouL, LIe seed, so everv ucL oI u
mun sprIngs Irom LIe IIdden seeds oI LIougIL, und couId noL Iuve uppeured wILIouL
LIem. TIIs uppIIes equuIIv Lo LIose ucLs cuIIed "sponLuneous" und "unpremedILuLed" us
Lo LIose wIIcI ure deIIberuLeIv execuLed.
AcL Is LIe bIossom oI LIougIL, und jov und suIIerIng ure ILs IruILs; LIus does u mun
gurner In LIe sweeL und bILLer IruILuge oI IIs own Iusbundrv.
TIougIL In LIe mInd IuLI mude us. WIuL we ure
Bv LIougIL we wrougIL und buIIL. ¡I u mun's mInd
HuLI evII LIougILs, puIn comes on IIm us comes
TIe wIeeI LIe ox beIInd . . . ¡I one endure In purILv
oI LIougIL jov IoIIows IIm us IIs own sIudow - sure.
Mun Is u growLI bv Iuw, und noL u creuLIon bv urLIIIce, und cuuse und eIIecL Is us
ubsoIuLe und undevIuLIng In LIe IIdden reuIm oI LIougIL us In LIe worId oI vIsIbIe und
muLerIuI LIIngs. A nobIe und GodIIke cIurucLer Is noL u LIIng oI Iuvor or cIunce, buL Is
LIe nuLuruI resuIL oI conLInued eIIorL In rIgIL LIInkIng, LIe eIIecL oI Iong-cIerIsIed
ussocIuLIon wILI GodIIke LIougILs. An IgnobIe und besLIuI cIurucLer, bv LIe sume
process, Is LIe resuIL oI LIe conLInued IurborIng oI groveIIng LIougILs.
Mun Is mude or unmude bv IImseII; In LIe urmorv oI LIougIL Ie Iorges LIe
weupons bv wIIcI Ie desLrovs IImseII. He uIso IusIIons LIe LooIs wILI wIIcI Ie buIIds
Ior IImseII IeuvenIv munsIons oI jov und sLrengLI und peuce. Bv LIe rIgIL cIoIce und
Lrue uppIIcuLIon oI LIougIL, mun uscends Lo LIe DIvIne PerIecLIon; bv LIe ubuse und
wrong uppIIcuLIon oI LIougIL, Ie descends beIow LIe IeveI oI LIe beusL. BeLween LIese
Lwo exLremes ure uII LIe grudes oI cIurucLer, und mun Is LIeIr muker und musLer.
OI uII LIe beuuLIIuI LruLIs perLuInIng Lo LIe souI wIIcI Iuve been resLored und
brougIL Lo IIgIL In LIIs uge, none Is more gIuddenIng or IruILIuI oI dIvIne promIse und
conIIdence LIun LIIs - LIuL mun Is LIe musLer oI LIougIL, LIe moIder oI cIurucLer, und
muker und sIuper oI condILIon, envIronmenL, und desLInv.
As u beIng oI Power, ¡nLeIIIgence, und ¡ove, und LIe Iord oI IIs own LIougILs,
mun IoIds LIe kev Lo everv sILuuLIon, und conLuIns wILIIn IImseII LIuL LrunsIormIng und
regeneruLIve ugencv bv wIIcI Ie muv muke IImseII wIuL Ie wIIIs.
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Mun Is uIwuvs LIe musLer, even In IIs weukesL und mosL ubundoned sLuLe; buL In
IIs weukness und degruduLIon Ie Is LIe IooIIsI musLer wIo mIsgoverns IIs "IouseIoId."
WIen Ie begIns Lo reIIecL upon IIs condILIon, und Lo seurcI dIIIgenLIv Ior LIe ¡uw upon
wIIcI IIs beIng Is esLubIIsIed, Ie LIen becomes LIe wIse musLer, dIrecLIng IIs energIes
wILI InLeIIIgence, und IusIIonIng IIs LIougILs Lo IruILIuI Issues. SucI Is LIe conscious
musLer, und mun cun onIv LIus become bv dIscoverIng uithin himsel[ LIe Iuws oI
LIougIL; wIIcI dIscoverv Is LoLuIIv u muLLer oI uppIIcuLIon, seII-unuIvsIs, und experIence.
OnIv bv mucI seurcIIng und mInIng ure goId un dIumonds obLuIned, und mun
cun IInd everv LruLI connecLed wILI IIs beIng II Ie wIII dIg deep InLo LIe mIne oI IIs souI.
And LIuL Ie Is LIe muker oI IIs cIurucLer, LIe moIder oI IIs IIIe, und LIe buIIder oI IIs
desLInv, Ie muv unerrIngIv prove: II Ie wIII wuLcI, conLroI, und uILer IIs LIougILs,
LrucIng LIeIr eIIecLs upon IImseII, upon oLIers, und upon IIs IIIe und cIrcumsLunces; II
Ie wIII IInk cuuse und eIIecL bv puLIenL prucLIce und InvesLIguLIon, uLIIIzIng IIs everv
experIence, even Lo LIe mosL LrIvIuI, us u meuns oI obLuInIng LIuL knowIedge oI IImseII.
¡n LIIs dIrecLIon, us In no oLIer, Is LIe Iuw ubsoIuLe LIuL "He LIuL seekeLI IIndeLI; und Lo
IIm LIuL knockeLI IL sIuII be opened"; Ior onIv bv puLIence, prucLIce, und ceuseIess
ImporLunILv cun u mun enLer LIe Door oI LIe TempIe oI KnowIedge.




























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Chupter Two

IIIect oI Thoouhts on Circomstunces

A mun's mInd muv be IIkened Lo u gurden, wIIcI muv be InLeIIIgenLIv cuILIvuLed
or uIIowed Lo run wIId; buL wIeLIer cuILIvuLed or negIecLed, IL musL, und wIII, brinq
[orth. ¡I no useIuI seeds ure put InLo IL, LIen un ubundunce oI useIess weed seeds wIII [cll
LIereIn, und wIII conLInue Lo produce LIeIr kInd.
JusL us u gurdener cuILIvuLes IIs pIoL, keepIng IL Iree Irom weeds, und growIng LIe
IIowers und IruILs wIIcI Ie requIres, so muv u mun Lend LIe gurden oI IIs mInd,
weedIng ouL uII LIe wrong, useIess, und Impure LIougILs, und cuILIvuLIng Lowurd
perIecLIon LIe IIowers und IruILs oI rIgIL, useIuI, und pure LIougILs, Bv pursuIng LIIs
process, u mun sooner or IuLer dIscovers LIuL Ie Is LIe musLer gurdener oI IIs souI, LIe
dIrecLor oI IIs IIIe. He uIso reveuIs, wILIIn IImseII, LIe Iuws oI LIougIL, und undersLunds
wILI ever-IncreusIng uccurucv, Iow LIe LIougIL Iorces und mInd eIemenLs operuLe In LIe
sIupIng oI IIs cIurucLer, cIrcumsLunces, und desLInv.
TIougIL und cIurucLer ure one, und us cIurucLer cun onIv munIIesL und dIscover
ILseII LIrougI envIronmenL und cIrcumsLunce, LIe ouLer condILIons oI u person's IIIe wIII
uIwuvs be Iound Lo be IurmonIousIv reIuLed Lo IIs Inner sLuLe. TIIs does noL meun LIuL u
mun's cIrcumsLunces uL unv gIven LIme ure un IndIcuLIon oI IIs entire cIurucLer, buL LIuL
LIose cIrcumsLunces ure so InLImuLeIv connecLed wILI some vILuI LIougIL eIemenL wILIIn
IImseII LIuL, Ior LIe LIme beIng, LIev ure IndIspensubIe Lo IIs deveIopmenL.
Everv mun Is wIere Ie Is bv LIe Iuw oI IIs beIng. TIe LIougILs wIIcI Ie Ius buIIL
InLo IIs cIurucLer Iuve brougIL IIm LIere, und In LIe urrungemenL oI IIs IIIe LIere Is no
eIemenL oI cIunce, buL uII Is LIe resuIL oI u Iuw wIIcI cunnoL err. TIIs Is jusL us Lrue oI
LIose wIo IeeI "ouL oI Iurmonv" wILI LIeIr surroundIngs us oI LIose wIo ure conLenLed
wILI LIem.
As LIe progressIve und evoIvIng beIng, mun Is wIere Ie Is LIuL Ie muv Ieurn LIuL
Ie muv grow; und us Ie Ieurns LIe spIrILuuI Iesson wIIcI unv cIrcumsLunce conLuIns Ior
IIm, IL pusses uwuv und gIves pIuce Lo oLIer cIrcumsLunces.
Mun Is buIIeLed bv cIrcumsLunces so Iong us Ie beIIeves IImseII Lo be LIe creuLure
oI ouLsIde condILIons. BuL wIen Ie reuIIzes LIuL Ie muv commund LIe IIdden soII und
seeds oI IIs beIng ouL oI wIIcI cIrcumsLunces grow, Ie LIen becomes LIe rIgILIuI musLer
oI IImseII.
TIuL cIrcumsLunces qrou ouL oI LIougIL everv mun knows wIo Ius Ior unv IengLI
oI LIme prucLIced seII-conLroI und seII-purIIIcuLIon, Ior Ie wIII Iuve noLIced LIuL LIe
uILeruLIon In IIs cIrcumsLunces Ius been In exucL ruLIo wILI IIs uILered menLuI condILIon.
So Lrue Is LIIs LIuL wIen u mun eurnesLIv uppIIes IImseII Lo remedv LIe deIecLs In IIs
cIurucLer, und mukes swIIL und murked progress, Ie pusses rupIdIv LIrougI u successIon
oI vIcIssILudes.
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TIe souI uLLrucLs LIuL wIIcI IL secreLIv Iurbors; LIuL wIIcI IL Ioves, und uIso LIuL
wIIcI IL Ieurs. ¡L reucIes LIe IeIgIL oI ILs cIerIsIed uspIruLIons. ¡L IuIIs Lo LIe IeveI oI ILs
uncIusLened desIres - und cIrcumsLunces ure LIe meuns bv wIIcI LIe souI receIves ILs
own.
Everv LIougIL seed sown or uIIowed Lo IuII InLo LIe mInd, und Lo Luke rooL LIere,
produces ILs own, bIossomIng sooner or IuLer InLo ucL, und beurIng ILs own IruILuge oI
opporLunILv und cIrcumsLunce. Good LIougILs beur good IruIL, bud LIougILs bud IruIL.
TIe ouLer worId oI cIrcumsLunce sIupes ILseII Lo LIe Inner worId oI LIougIL, und
boLI pIeusunL und unpIeusunL exLernuI condILIons ure IucLors wIIcI muke Ior LIe
uILImuLe good oI LIe IndIvIduuI. As LIe reuper oI IIs own IurvesL, mun Ieurns boLI bv
suIIerIng und bIIss.
A mun does noL come Lo LIe uImsIouse or LIe juII bv LIe Lvrunnv oI IuLe oI
cIrcumsLunce, buL bv LIe puLIwuv oI groveIIng LIougILs und buse desIres. Nor does u
pure-mInded mun IuII suddenIv InLo crIme bv sLress oI unv mere exLernuI Iorce; LIe
crImInuI LIougIL Iud Iong been secreLIv IosLered In LIe IeurL, und LIe Iour oI
opporLunILv reveuIed ILs guLIered power.
CIrcumsLunce does noL muke LIe mun; IL reveuIs IIm Lo IImseII. No sucI
condILIons cun exIsL us descendIng InLo vIce und ILs uLLendunL suIIerIngs upurL Irom
vIcIous IncIInuLIons, or uscendIng InLo vIrLue und ILs pure IuppIness wILIouL LIe
conLInued cuILIvuLIon oI vIrLuous uspIruLIons. And mun, LIereIore, us LIe ¡ord und
musLer oI LIougIL, Is LIe muker oI IImseII, LIe sIuper und uuLIor oI envIronmenL. Even
uL bIrLI LIe souI comes Lo ILs own, und LIrougI everv sLep oI ILs eurLIIv pIIgrImuge IL
uLLrucLs LIose combInuLIons oI condILIons wIIcI reveuI ILseII, wIIcI ure LIe reIIecLIons oI
ILs own purILv und ImpurILv, ILs sLrengLI und weukness.
Men do noL uLLrucL LIuL wIIcI LIev ucnt, buL LIuL wIIcI LIev cre. TIeIr wIIms,
IuncIes, und umbILIons ure LIwurLed uL everv sLep, buL LIeIr InmosL LIougILs und desIres
ure Ied wILI LIeIr own Iood, be IL IouI or cIeun. TIe "dIvInILv LIuL sIupes our ends" Is In
ourseIves; IL Is our verv seII. Mun Is munucIed onIv bv IImseII. TIougIL und ucLIon ure
LIe juIIers oI ¡uLe - LIev ImprIson, beIng buse. TIev ure uIso LIe ungeIs oI ¡reedom - LIev
IIberuLe, beIng nobIe. NoL wIuL Ie wIsIes und pruvs Ior does u mun geL, buL wIuL Ie
jusLIv eurns. HIs wIsIes und pruvers ure onIv gruLIIIed und unswered wIen LIev
IurmonIze wILI IIs LIougILs und ucLIons.
¡n LIe IIgIL oI LIIs LruLI, wIuL, LIen, Is LIe meunIng oI "IIgILIng uguInsL
cIrcumsLunces"? ¡L meuns LIuL u mun Is conLInuuIIv revoILIng uguInsL un e[[ect wILIouL,
wIIIe uII LIe LIme Ie Is nourIsIIng und preservIng ILs ccuse In IIs IeurL. TIuL cuuse muv
Luke LIe Iorm oI u conscIous vIce or un unconscIous weukness; buL wIuLever IL Is, IL
sLubbornIv reLurds LIe eIIorLs oI ILs possessor, und LIus cuIIs uIoud Ior remedv.
Men ure unxIous Lo Improve LIeIr cIrcumsLunces, buL ure unwIIIIng Lo Improve
LIemseIves. TIev LIereIore remuIn bound. TIe mun wIo does noL sIrInk Irom seII-
crucIIIxIon cun never IuII Lo uccompIIsI LIe objecL upon wIIcI IIs IeurL Is seL. TIIs Is us
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Lrue oI eurLIIv us oI IeuvenIv LIIngs. Even LIe mun wIose soIe objecL Is Lo ucquIre
weuILI musL be prepured Lo muke greuL personuI sucrIIIces beIore Ie cun uccompIIsI IIs
objecL; und Iow mucI more so Ie wIo wouId reuIIze u sLrong und weII-poIsed IIIe?
Here Is u mun wIo Is wreLcIedIv poor. He Is exLremeIv unxIous LIuL IIs
surroundIngs und Iome comIorLs sIouId be Improved. YeL uII LIe LIme Ie sIIrks IIs
work, und consIders Ie Is jusLIIIed In LrvIng Lo deceIve IIs empIover on LIe ground oI LIe
InsuIIIcIencv oI IIs wuges. SucI u mun does noL undersLund LIe sImpIesL rudImenLs oI
LIose prIncIpIes wIIcI ure LIe busIs oI Lrue prosperILv. He Is noL onIv LoLuIIv unIILLed Lo
rIse ouL oI IIs wreLcIedness, buL Is ucLuuIIv uLLrucLIng Lo IImseII u sLIII deeper
wreLcIedness bv dweIIIng In, und ucLIng ouL, IndoIenL, decepLIve, und unmunIv LIougILs.
Here Is u rIcI mun wIo Is LIe vIcLIm oI u puInIuI und persIsLenL dIseuse us LIe
resuIL oI gIuLLonv. He Is wIIIIng Lo gIve Iurge sums oI monev Lo geL rId oI IL, buL Ie wIII
noL sucrIIIce IIs gIuLLonous desIres. He wunLs Lo gruLIIv IIs LusLe Ior rIcI und unnuLuruI
Ioods und Iuve IIs IeuILI us weII. SucI u mun Is LoLuIIv unIIL Lo Iuve IeuILI, becuuse Ie
Ius noL veL Ieurned LIe IIrsL prIncIpIes oI u IeuILIv IIIe.
Here Is un empIover oI Iubor wIo udopLs crooked meusures Lo uvoId puvIng LIe
reguIuLIon wuge, und, In LIe Iope oI mukIng Iurger proIILs, reduces LIe wuges oI IIs
workpeopIe. SucI u mun Is uILogeLIer unIILLed Ior prosperILv. And wIen Ie IInds IImseII
bunkrupL, boLI us regurds repuLuLIon und rIcIes, Ie bIumes cIrcumsLunces, noL knowIng
LIuL Ie Is LIe soIe uuLIor oI IIs condILIon.
¡ Iuve InLroduced LIese LIree cuses mereIv us IIIusLruLIve oI LIe LruLI LIuL mun Is
LIe cuuse (LIougI neurIv uIwuvs unconscIousIv) oI IIs cIrcumsLunces. TIuL, wIIIe uImIng
uL LIe good end, Ie Is conLInuuIIv IrusLruLIng ILs uccompIIsImenL bv encourugIng
LIougILs und desIres wIIcI cunnoL possIbIv IurmonIze wILI LIuL end. SucI cuses couId
be muILIpIIed und vurIed uImosL IndeIInILeIv, buL LIIs Is noL necessurv. TIe reuder cun, II
Ie so resoIves, Lruce LIe ucLIon oI LIe Iuws oI LIougIL In IIs own mInd und IIIe, und unLII
LIIs Is done, mere exLernuI IucLs cunnoL serve us u ground oI reusonIng.
CIrcumsLunces, Iowever, ure so compIIcuLed, LIougIL Is so deepIv rooLed, und LIe
condILIons oI IuppIness vurv so vusLIv wILI IndIvIduuIs, LIuL u mun's entire souI
condILIon (uILIougI IL muv be known Lo IImseII) cunnoL be judged bv unoLIer Irom LIe
exLernuI uspecL oI IIs IIIe uIone.
A mun muv be IonesL In cerLuIn dIrecLIons, veL suIIer prIvuLIons. A mun muv be
dIsIonesL In cerLuIn dIrecLIons, veL ucquIre weuILI. BuL LIe concIusIon usuuIIv Iormed
LIuL LIe one mun IuIIs beccuse o[ his pcrticulcr honestu, und LIuL LIe oLIer prospers
beccuse o[ his pcrticulcr dishonestu, Is LIe resuIL oI u superIIcIuI judgmenL, wIIcI
ussumes LIuL LIe dIsIonesL mun Is uImosL LoLuIIv corrupL, und IonesL mun uImosL
enLIreIv vIrLuous. ¡n LIe IIgIL oI u deeper knowIedge und wIder experIence, sucI
judgmenL Is Iound Lo be erroneous. TIe dIsIonesL mun muv Iuve some udmIrubIe
vIrLues wIIcI LIe oLIer does noL possess; und LIe IonesL mun obnoxIous vIces wIIcI ure
ubsenL In LIe oLIer. TIe IonesL mun reups LIe good resuILs oI IIs IonesL LIougILs und
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ucLs; Ie uIso brIngs upon IImseII LIe suIIerIngs wIIcI IIs vIces produce. TIe dIsIonesL
mun IIkewIse gurners IIs own suIIerIng und IuppIness.
¡L Is pIeusIng Lo Iumun vunILv Lo beIIeve LIuL one suIIers becuuse oI one's vIrLue.
BuL noL unLII u mun Ius exLIrpuLed everv sIckIv, bILLer, und Impure LIougIL Irom IIs
mInd, und wusIed everv sInIuI sLuIn Irom IIs souI, cun Ie be In u posILIon Lo know und
decIure LIuL IIs suIIerIngs ure LIe resuIL oI IIs good, und noL oI IIs bud quuIILIes. And on
LIe wuv Lo LIuL supreme perIecLIon, Ie wIII Iuve Iound workIng In IIs mInd und IIIe, LIe
GreuL ¡uw wIIcI Is ubsoIuLeIv jusL, und wIIcI cunnoL gIve good Ior evII, evII Ior good.
Possessed oI sucI knowIedge, Ie wIII LIen know, IookIng buck upon IIs pusL Ignorunce
und bIIndness, LIuL IIs IIIe Is, und uIwuvs wus, jusLIv ordered, und LIuL uII IIs pusL
experIences, good und bud, were LIe equILubIe ouLworkIng oI IIs evoIvIng, veL unevoIved
seII.
Good LIougILs und ucLIons cun never produce bud resuILs. Bud LIougILs und
ucLIons cun never produce good resuILs. TIIs Is buL suvIng LIuL noLIIng cun come Irom
corn buL corn, noLIIng Irom neLLIes buL neLLIes. Men undersLund LIIs Iuw In LIe nuLuruI
worId, und work wILI IL. BuL Iew undersLund IL In LIe menLuI und moruI worId (LIougI
ILs operuLIon LIere Is jusL us sImpIe und undevIuLIng), und LIev, LIereIore, do noL
cooperuLe wILI IL.
SuIIerIng Is clucus LIe eIIecL oI wrong LIougIL In some dIrecLIon. ¡L Is un
IndIcuLIon LIuL LIe IndIvIduuI Is ouL oI Iurmonv wILI IImseII, wILI LIe ¡uw oI IIs beIng.
TIe soIe und supreme use oI suIIerIng Is Lo purIIv, Lo burn ouL uII LIuL Is useIess und
Impure. SuIIerIng ceuses Ior IIm wIo Is pure. TIere couId be noL objecL In burnIng goId
uILer LIe dross Iud been removed, und perIecLIv pure und enIIgILened beIng couId noL
suIIer.
TIe cIrcumsLunces wIIcI u mun encounLers wILI suIIerIng ure LIe resuIL oI IIs
own menLuI InIurmonv. TIe cIrcumsLunces wIIcI u mun encounLers wILI bIessedness,
noL muLerIuI possessIons, Is LIe meusure oI rIgIL LIougIL. WreLcIedness, noL Iuck oI
muLerIuI possessIons, Is LIe meusure oI wrong LIougIL. A mun muv be cursed und rIcI;
Ie muv be bIessed und poor. bIessedness und rIcIes ure onIv joIned LogeLIer wIen LIe
rIcIes ure rIgILIv und wIseIv used. And LIe poor mun onIv descends InLo wreLcIedness
wIen Ie regurds IIs IoL us u burden unjusLIv Imposed.
¡ndIgence und InduIgence ure LIe Lwo exLremes oI wreLcIedness. TIev ure boLI
equuIIv unnuLuruI und LIe resuIL oI menLuI dIsorder. A mun Is noL rIgILIv condILIoned
unLII Ie Is u Iuppv, IeuILIv, und prosperous beIng. And IuppIness, IeuILI, und
prosperILv ure LIe resuIL oI u IurmonIous udjusLmenL oI LIe Inner wILI LIe ouLer, oI LIe
mun wILI IIs surroundIngs.
A mun onIv begIns Lo be u mun wIen Ie ceuses Lo wIIne und revIIe, und
commences Lo seurcI Ior LIe IIdden jusLIce wIIcI reguIuLes IIs IIIe. And us Ie udupLs IIs
mInd Lo LIuL reguIuLIng IucLor, Ie ceuses Lo uccuse oLIers us LIe cuuse oI IIs condILIon,
und buIIds IImseII up In sLrong und nobIe LIougILs. He ceuses Lo kIck uguInsL
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cIrcumsLunces, buL begIns Lo use LIem us uIds Lo IIs more rupId progress, und us u
meuns oI dIscoverIng LIe IIdden powers und possIbIIILIes wILIIn IImseII.
¡uw, noL conIusIon, Is LIe domInuLIng prIncIpIe In LIe unIverse. JusLIce, noL
InjusLIce, Is LIe souI und subsLunce oI IIIe. And rIgILeousness, noL corrupLIon, Is LIe
moIdIng und movIng Iorce In LIe spIrILuuI governmenL oI LIe worId. TIIs beIng so, mun
Ius buL Lo rIgIL IImseII Lo IInd LIuL LIe unIverse Is rIgIL; und durIng LIe process oI
puLLIng IImseII rIgIL, Ie wIII IInd LIuL us Ie uILers IIs LIougILs Lowurd LIIngs und oLIer
peopIe, LIIngs und oLIer peopIe wIII uILer Lowurd IIm.
TIe prooI oI LIIs LruLI Is In everv person, und IL LIereIore udmILs oI eusv
InvesLIguLIon bv svsLemuLIc InLrospecLIon und seII-unuIvsIs. ¡eL u mun rudIcuIIv uILer IIs
LIougILs, und Ie wIII be usLonIsIed uL LIe rupId LrunsIormuLIon IL wIII eIIecL In LIe
muLerIuI condILIons oI IIs IIIe.
Men ImugIne LIuL LIougIL cun be kepL secreL, buL IL cunnoL. ¡L rupIdIv crvsLuIIIzes InLo
IubIL, und IubIL soIIdIIIes InLo IubILs oI drunkenness und sensuuIILv, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo
cIrcumsLunces oI desLILuLIon und dIseuse. ¡mpure LIougILs oI everv kInd crvsLuIIIze InLo
enervuLIng und conIusIng IubILs, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo dIsLrucLIng und udverse
cIrcumsLunces. TIougILs oI Ieur, doubL, und IndecIsIon crvsLuIIIze InLo weuk, unmunIv,
und IrresoIuLe IubILs, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI IuIIure, IndIgence, und sIuvIsI
dependence.
¡uzv LIougILs crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI uncIeunIIness und dIsIonesLv, wIIcI
soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI IouIness und beggurv. HuLeIuI und condemnuLorv LIougILs
crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI uccusuLIon und vIoIence, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI
Injurv und persecuLIon. SeIIIsI LIougILs oI uII kInds crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI seII-
seekIng, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces more oI Iess dIsLressIng.
On LIe oLIer Iund, beuuLIIuI LIougILs oI uII crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI gruce und
kIndIIness, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo genIuI und sunnv cIrcumsLunces. Pure LIougILs crvsLuIIIze
InLo IubILs oI Lemperunce und seII-conLroI, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI repose
und peuce. TIougILs oI couruge, seII-reIIunce, und decIsIon crvsLuIIIze InLo munIv IubILs,
wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI success, pIenLv, und Ireedom.
EnergeLIc LIougILs crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI cIeunIIness und IndusLrv, wIIcI
soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI pIeusunLness. GenLIe und IorgIvIng LIougILs crvsLuIIIze
InLo IubILs oI genLIeness, wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo proLecLIve und preservuLIve cIrcumsLunces.
¡ovIng und unseIIIsI LIougILs crvsLuIIIze InLo IubILs oI seII-IorgeLIuIness Ior oLIers,
wIIcI soIIdIIv InLo cIrcumsLunces oI sure und ubIdIng prosperILv und Lrue rIcIes.
A purLIcuIur LruIn oI LIougIL persIsLed In, be IL good or bud, cunnoL IuII Lo produce
ILs resuILs on LIe cIurucLer und cIrcumsLunces. A mun cunnoL directlu cIoose IIs
cIrcumsLunces, buL Ie cun cIoose IIs LIougILs, und so IndIrecLIv, veL sureIv, sIupe IIs
cIrcumsLunces.
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NuLure IeIps everv mun Lo LIe gruLIIIcuLIon oI LIe LIougILs wIIcI Ie mosL
encouruges, und opporLunILIes ure presenLed wIIcI wIII mosL speedIIv brIng Lo LIe
surIuce boLI LIe good und evII LIougILs.
¡eL u mun ceuse Irom IIs sInIuI LIougILs, und uII LIe worId wIII soILen Lowurd
IIm, und be reudv Lo IeIp IIm. ¡eL IIm puL uwuv IIs weukIv und sIckIv LIougILs, und Io!
opporLunILIes wIII sprIng up on everv Iund Lo uId IIs sLrong resoIves. ¡eL IIm encouruge
good LIougILs, und no Iurd IuLe sIuII bInd IIm down Lo wreLcIedness und sIume. TIe
worId Is vour kuIeIdoscope, und LIe vurvIng combInuLIons oI coIors wIIcI uL everv
succeedIng momenL IL presenLs Lo vou ure LIe exquIsILeIv udjusLed pIcLures oI vour ever-
movIng LIougILs.
You wIII be wIuL vou wIII Lo be;
¡eL IuIIure IInd ILs IuIse conLenL
¡n LIuL poor word, "envIronmenL,"
BuL spIrIL scorns IL, und Is Iree.

¡L musLers LIme, IL conquers spuce;
¡L cows LIuL bousLIuI LrIcksLer, CIunce,
And bIds LIe LvrunL CIrcumsLunce
Uncrown, und IIII u servunL's pIuce.

TIe Iumun WIII, LIuL Iorce unseen,
TIe oIIsprIng oI u deuLIIess SouI,
Cun Iew u wuv Lo unv gouI,
TIougI wuIIs oI grunILe InLervene.

Be noL ImpuLIenL In deIuv,
BuL wuIL us one wIo undersLunds;
WIen spIrIL rIses und communds,
TIe gods ure reudv Lo obev.
















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Chupter Three

IIIect oI Thoouht on Heulth und the Body

TIe bodv Is LIe servunL oI LIe mInd. ¡L obevs LIe operuLIons oI LIe mInd, wIeLIer
LIev be deIIberuLeIv cIosen or uuLomuLIcuIIv expressed. AL LIe bIddIng oI unIuwIuI
LIougILs LIe bodv sInks rupIdIv InLo dIseuse und decuv; uL LIe commund oI gIud und
beuuLIIuI LIougILs IL becomes cIoLIed wILI vouLIIuIness und beuuLv.
DIseuse und IeuILI, IIke cIrcumsLunces, ure rooLed In LIougIL. SIckIv LIougILs wIII
express LIemseIves LIrougI u sIckIv bodv. TIougILs oI Ieur Iuve been known Lo kIII u
mun us speedIIv us u buIIeL, und LIev ure conLInuuIIv kIIIIng LIousunds oI peopIe jusL us
sureIv LIougI Iess rupIdIv. TIe peopIe wIo IIve In Ieur oI dIseuse ure LIe peopIe wIo geL
IL. AnxIeLv quIckIv demoruIIzes LIe wIoIe bodv, und Iuvs IL open Lo LIe enLrunce oI
dIseuse; wIIIe Impure LIougILs, even II noL pIvsIcuIIv InduIged, wIII soon sIuLLer LIe
nervous svsLem.
SLrong, pure, und Iuppv LIougILs buIId up LIe bodv In vIgor und gruce. TIe bodv
Is u deIIcuLe und pIusLIc InsLrumenL, wIIcI responds reudIIv Lo LIe LIougILs bv wIIcI IL
Is Impressed, und IubILs oI LIougIL wIII produce LIeIr own eIIecLs, good or bud, upon IL.
Men wIII conLInue Lo Iuve Impure und poIsoned bIood so Iong us LIev propuguLe
uncIeun LIougILs. OuL oI u cIeun IeurL comes u cIeun IIIe und u cIeun bodv. OuL oI u
deIIIed mInd proceeds u deIIIed IIIe und corrupL bodv. TIougIL Is LIe IounLuIn oI ucLIon,
IIIe und munIIesLuLIon; muke LIe IounLuIn pure, und uII wIII be pure.
CIunge oI dIeL wIII noL IeIp u mun wIo wIII noL cIunge IIs LIougILs. WIen u mun
mukes IIs LIougILs pure, Ie no Ionger desIres Impure Iood.
¡I vou wouId perIecL vour bodv, guurd vour mInd. ¡I vou wouId renew vour bodv,
beuuLIIv vour mInd. TIougILs oI muIIce, envv, dIsuppoInLmenL, despondencv, rob LIe
bodv oI ILs IeuILI und gruce. A sour Iuce does noL come bv cIunce; IL Is mude bv sour
LIougILs. WrInkIes LIuL mur ure druwn bv IoIIv, pussIon, prIde.
¡ know u womun oI nIneLv-sIx wIo Ius LIe brIgIL, InnocenL Iuce oI u gIrI. ¡ know u
mun weII under mIddIe uge wIose Iuce Is druwn InLo InIurmonIous conLours. TIe one Is
LIe resuIL oI u sweeL und sunnv dIsposILIon; LIe oLIer Is LIe ouLcome oI pussIon und
dIsconLenL.
As vou cunnoL Iuve u sweeL und wIoIesome ubode unIess vou udmIL LIe uIr und
sunsIIne IreeIv InLo vour rooms, so u sLrong bodv und u brIgIL, Iuppv, or serene
counLenunce cun onIv resuIL Irom LIe Iree udmILLunce InLo LIe mInd oI LIougILs oI jov
und good wIII und serenILv.
On LIe Iuces oI LIe uged LIere ure wrInkIes mude bv svmpuLIv, oLIers bv sLrong
und pure LIougIL, oLIers ure curved bv pussIon. WIo cunnoL dIsLInguIsI LIem? WILI
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LIose wIo Iuve IIved rIgILeousIv, uge Is cuIm, peuceIuI, und soILIv meIIowed, IIke LIe
seLLIng sun. ¡ Iuve recenLIv seen u pIIIosopIer on IIs deuLIbed. He wus noL oId excepL In
veurs. He dIed us sweeLIv und peuceIuIIv us Ie Iud IIved.
TIere Is no pIvsIcIun IIke cIeerIuI LIougIL Ior dIssIpuLIng LIe IIIs oI LIe bodv;
LIere Is no comIorLer Lo compure wILI good wIII Ior dIspersIng LIe sIudows oI grIeI und
sorrow. To IIve conLInuuIIv In LIougILs oI III wIII, cvnIcIsm, suspIcIon, und envv, Is Lo be
conIIned In u seII-mude prIson IoIe. BuL Lo LIInk weII oI uII, Lo be cIeerIuI wILI uII, Lo
puLIenLIv Ieurn Lo IInd LIe good In uII - sucI unseIIIsI LIougILs ure LIe verv porLuIs oI
Ieuven; und Lo dweII duv Lo duv In LIougILs oI peuce Lowurd everv creuLure wIII brIng
uboundIng peuce Lo LIeIr possessor.


































16
Chupter Ioor

Thoouht und Porpose

UnLII LIougIL Is IInked wILI purpose LIere Is no InLeIIIgenL uccompIIsImenL. WILI
LIe mujorILv LIe burk oI LIougIL Is uIIowed Lo "drIIL" upon LIe oceun oI IIIe. AImIessness
Is u vIce, und sucI drIILIng musL noL conLInue Ior IIm wIo wouId sLeer cIeur oI
cuLusLropIe und desLrucLIon.
TIev wIo Iuve no cenLruI purpose In LIeIr IIIe IuII un eusv prev Lo worrIes, Ieurs,
LroubIes, und seII-pILvIngs, uII oI wIIcI ure IndIcuLIons oI weukness, wIIcI Ieud, jusL us
sureIv us deIIberuLeIv pIunned sIns (LIougI bv u dIIIerenL rouLe), Lo IuIIure, unIuppIness,
und Ioss, Ior weukness cunnoL persIsL In u power-evoIvIng unIverse.
A mun sIouId conceIve oI u IegILImuLe purpose In IIs IeurL, und seL ouL Lo
uccompIIsI IL. He sIouId muke LIIs purpose LIe cenLruIIzIng poInL oI IIs LIougILs. ¡L
muv Luke LIe Iorm oI u spIrILuuI IdeuI, or IL muv be u worIdIv objecL, uccordIng Lo IIs
nuLure uL LIe LIme beIng. BuL wIIcIever IL Is, Ie sIouId sLeudIIv Iocus IIs LIougIL Iorces
upon LIe objecL wIIcI Ie Ius seL beIore IIm. He sIouId muke LIIs purpose IIs supreme
duLv, und sIouId devoLe IImseII Lo ILs uLLuInmenL, noL uIIowIng IIs LIougILs Lo wunder
uwuv InLo epIemeruI IuncIes, IongIngs, und ImugInIngs. TIIs Is LIe rovuI roud Lo seII-
conLroI und Lrue concenLruLIon oI LIougIL. Even II Ie IuIIs uguIn und uguIn Lo uccompIIsI
IIs purpose (us Ie necessurIIv musL unLII weukness Is overcome), LIe strenqth o[
chcrccter qcined wIII be LIe meusure oI IIs true success, und LIIs wIII Iorm u new
sLurLIng poInL Ior IuLure power und LrIumpI.
TIose wIo ure noL prepured Ior LIe uppreIensIon oI u qrect purpose, sIouId IIx
LIe LIougILs upon LIe IuuILIess perIormunce oI LIeIr duLv, no muLLer Iow InsIgnIIIcunL
LIeIr Lusk muv uppeur. OnIv In LIIs wuv cun LIe LIougILs be guLIered und Iocused, und
resoIuLIon und energv be deveIoped, wIIcI beIng done, LIere Is noLIIng wIIcI muv noL
be uccompIIsIed.
TIe weukesL souI, knowIng ILs own weukness, und beIIevIng LIIs LruLI - thct
strenqth ccn onlu be deteloped bu e[[ort cnd prcctice, wIII uL once begIn Lo exerL ILseII,
und uddIng eIIorL Lo eIIorL, puLIence Lo puLIence, und sLrengLI Lo sLrengLI, wIII never
ceuse Lo deveIop, und wIII uL IusL grow dIvIneIv sLrong.
As LIe pIvsIcuIIv weuk mun cun muke IImseII sLrong bv cureIuI und puLIenL
LruInIng, so LIe mun oI weuk LIougILs cun muke LIem sLrong bv exercIsIng IImseII In
rIgIL LIInkIng.
To puL uwuv uImIessness und weukness, und Lo begIn Lo LIInk wILI purpose, Is Lo
enLer LIe runks oI LIose sLrong ones wIo onIv recognIze IuIIure us one oI LIe puLIwuvs Lo
uLLuInmenL; wIo muke uII condILIons serve LIem, und wIo LIInk sLrongIv, uLLempL
IeurIessIv, und uccompIIsI musLerIuIIv.
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HuvIng conceIved oI IIs purpose, u mun sIouId menLuIIv murk ouL u strciqht
puLIwuv Lo ILs ucIIevemenL, IookIng neILIer Lo LIe rIgIL nor Lo LIe IeIL. DoubLs und Ieurs
sIouId be rIgorousIv excIuded; LIev ure dIsInLegruLIng eIemenLs wIIcI breuk up LIe
sLruIgIL IIne oI eIIorL, renderIng IL crooked, IneIIecLuuI, useIess. TIougILs oI doubL und
Ieur never uccompIIsI unvLIIng, und never cun. TIev uIwuvs Ieud Lo IuIIure. Purpose,
energv, power Lo do, und uII sLrong LIougILs ceuse wIen doubL und Ieur creep In.
TIe wIII Lo do sprIngs Irom LIe knowIedge LIuL we ccn do. DoubL und Ieur ure LIe
greuL enemIes oI knowIedge, und Ie wIo encouruges LIem, wIo does noL sIuv LIem,
LIwurLs IImseII uL everv sLep.
He wIo Ius conquered doubL und Ieur Ius conquered IuIIure. HIs everv LIougIL Is
uIIIed wILI power, und uII dIIIIcuILIes ure bruveIv meL und wIseIv overcome. HIs purposes
ure seusonubIv pIunLed, und LIev bIoom und brIng IorLI IruIL wIIcI does noL IuII
premuLureIv Lo LIe ground.
TIougIL uIIIed IeurIessIv Lo purpose becomes creuLIve Iorce. He wIo lnous LIIs Is
reudv Lo become someLIIng IIgIer und sLronger LIun u mere bundIe oI wuverIng
LIougILs und IIucLuuLIng sensuLIons. He wIo does LIIs Ius become LIe conscIous und
InLeIIIgenL wIeIder oI IIs menLuI powers.


























18
Chupter Iive

The Thoouht-Iuctor in Achievement

AII LIuL u mun ucIIeves und uII LIuL Ie IuIIs Lo ucIIeve Is LIe dIrecL resuIL oI IIs
own LIougILs. ¡n u jusLIv ordered unIverse, wIere Ioss oI equIpoIse wouId meun LoLuI
desLrucLIon, IndIvIduuI responsIbIIILv musL be ubsoIuLe. A mun's weukness und sLrengLI,
purILv und ImpurILv, ure IIs own, und noL unoLIer mun's. TIev ure brougIL ubouL bv
IImseII, und noL bv unoLIer; und LIev cun onIv be uILered bv IImseII, never bv unoLIer.
HIs condILIon Is uIso IIs own, und noL unoLIer mun's. HIs suIIerIng und IIs IuppIness
ure evoIved Irom wILIIn. As Ie LIInks, so Ie Is; us Ie conLInues Lo LIInk, so Ie remuIns.
A sLrong mun cunnoL IeIp u weuker unIess LIe weuker Is uillinq Lo be IeIped, und
even LIen LIe weuk mun musL become sLrong oI IImseII. He musL, bv IIs own eIIorLs,
deveIop LIe sLrengLI wIIcI Ie udmIres In unoLIer. None buL IImseII cun uILer IIs
condILIon.
¡L Ius been usuuI Ior men Lo LIInk und Lo suv, "Munv men ure sIuves becuuse one
Is un oppressor; IeL us IuLe LIe oppressor." Now, Iowever, LIere Is umong un IncreusIng
Iew u Lendencv Lo reverse LIIs judgmenL, und Lo suv, "One mun Is un oppressor becuuse
munv ure sIuves; IeL us despIse LIe sIuves." TIe LruLI Is LIuL oppressor und sIuve ure
cooperuLors In Ignorunce, und, wIIIe seemIng Lo uIIIIcL eucI oLIer, ure In reuIILv uIIIIcLIng
LIemseIves. A perIecL KnowIedge perceIves LIe ucLIon oI Iuw In LIe weukness oI LIe
oppressed und LIe mIsuppIIed power oI LIe oppressor. A perIecL ¡ove, seeIng LIe
suIIerIng wIIcI boLI sLuLes enLuII, condemns neILIer. A perIecL CompussIon embruces
boLI oppressor und oppressed.
He wIo Ius conquered weukness, und Ius puL uwuv uII seIIIsI LIougILs, beIongs
neILIer Lo oppressor nor oppressed. He Is Iree.
A mun cun onIv rIse, conquer, und ucIIeve bv IIILIng up IIs LIougILs. He cun onIv
remuIn weuk, und ubjecL, und mIserubIe bv reIusIng Lo IIIL up IIs LIougILs.
BeIore u mun cun ucIIeve unvLIIng, even In worIdIv LIIngs, Ie musL IIIL IIs
LIougILs ubove sIuvIsI unImuI InduIgence. He muv noL, In order Lo succeed, gIve up cll
unImuIILv und seIIIsIness, bv unv meuns; buL u porLIon oI IL musL, uL IeusL, be sucrIIIced.
A mun wIose IIrsL LIougIL Is besLIuI InduIgence couId neILIer LIInk cIeurIv nor pIun
meLIodIcuIIv. He couId noL IInd und deveIop IIs IuLenL resources, und wouId IuII In unv
underLukIng. NoL IuvIng commenced munIuIIv Lo conLroI IIs LIougILs, Ie Is noL In u
posILIon Lo conLroI uIIuIrs und Lo udopL serIous responsIbIIILIes. He Is noL IIL Lo ucL
IndependenLIv und sLund uIone, buL Ie Is IImILed onIv bv LIe LIougILs wIIcI Ie cIooses.
TIere cun be no progress, no ucIIevemenL wILIouL sucrIIIce. A mun's worIdIv
success wIII be In LIe meusure LIuL Ie sucrIIIces IIs conIused unImuI LIougILs, und IIxes
IIs mInd on LIe deveIopmenL oI IIs pIuns, und LIe sLrengLIenIng oI IIs resoIuLIon und
seII reIIunce. And LIe IIgIer Ie IIILs IIs LIougILs, LIe more munIv, uprIgIL, und
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rIgILeous Ie becomes, LIe greuLer wIII be IIs success, LIe more bIessed un endurIng wIII
be IIs ucIIevemenLs.
TIe unIverse does noL Iuvor LIe greedv, LIe dIsIonesL, LIe vIcIous, uILIougI on
LIe mere surIuce IL muv someLImes uppeur Lo do so; IL IeIps LIe IonesL, LIe
mugnunImous, LIe vIrLuous. AII LIe greuL TeucIers oI LIe uges Iuve decIured LIIs In
vurvIng Iorms, und Lo prove und know IL u mun Ius buL Lo persIsL In mukIng IImseII
more und more vIrLuous bv IIILIng up IIs LIougILs.
¡nLeIIecLuuI ucIIevemenLs ure LIe resuIL oI LIougIL consecruLed Lo LIe seurcI Ior
knowIedge, or Ior LIe beuuLIIuI und Lrue In IIIe und nuLure. SucI ucIIevemenLs muv be
someLImes connecLed wILI vunILv und umbILIon buL LIev ure noL LIe ouLcome oI LIose
cIurucLerIsLIcs. TIev ure LIe nuLuruI ouLgrowLI oI Iong un urduous eIIorL, und oI pure
und unseIIIsI LIougILs.
SpIrILuuI ucIIevemenLs ure LIe consummuLIon oI IoIv uspIruLIons. He wIo IIves
consLunLIv In LIe concepLIon oI nobIe und IoILv LIougILs, wIo dweIIs upon uII LIuL Is
pure und unseIIIsI, wIII, us sureIv us LIe sun reucIes ILs zenILI und LIe moon ILs IuII,
become wIse und nobIe In cIurucLer, und rIse InLo u posILIon oI InIIuence und
bIessedness.
AcIIevemenL, oI wIuLever kInd, Is LIe crown oI eIIorL, LIe dIudem oI LIougIL. Bv
LIe uId oI seII-conLroI, resoIuLIon, purILv, rIgILeousness, und weII-dIrecLed LIougIL u
mun uscends. Bv LIe uId oI unImuIILv, IndoIence, ImpurILv, corrupLIon, und conIusIon oI
LIougIL u mun descends.
A mun muv rIse Lo IIgI success In LIe worId, und even Lo IoILv uILILudes In LIe
spIrILuuI reuIm, und uguIn descend InLo weukness und wreLcIedness bv uIIowIng
urrogunL, seIIIsI, und corrupL LIougILs Lo Luke possessIon oI IIm.
VIcLorIes uLLuIned bv rIgIL LIougIL cun onIv be muInLuIned bv wuLcIIuIness.
Munv gIve wuv wIen success Is ussured, und rupIdIv IuII buck InLo IuIIure.
AII ucIIevemenLs, wIeLIer In LIe busIness, InLeIIecLuuI, or spIrILuuI worId, ure LIe
resuIL oI deIInILeIv dIrecLed LIougIL, ure governed bv LIe sume Iuw und ure oI LIe sume
meLIod; LIe onIv dIIIerence IIes In the object o[ cttcinment.
He wIo wouId uccompIIsI IILLIe musL sucrIIIce IILLIe. He wIo wouId ucIIeve mucI
musL sucrIIIce mucI. He wIo wouId uLLuIn IIgIIv musL sucrIIIce greuLIv.






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Chupter Six

Visions und Ideuls

TIe dreumers ure LIe suvIors oI LIe worId. As LIe vIsIbIe worId Is susLuIned bv LIe
InvIsIbIe, so men, LIrougI uII LIeIr LrIuIs und sIns und sordId vocuLIons, ure nourIsIed bv
LIe beuuLIIuI vIsIons oI LIeIr soIILurv dreumers. HumunILv cunnoL IorgeL ILs dreumers. ¡L
cunnoL IeL LIeIr IdeuIs Iude und dIe. ¡L IIves In LIem. ¡L knows LIem In LIe reclities wIIcI
IL sIuII one duv see und know.
Composer, scuIpLor, puInLer, poeL, propIeL, suge, LIese ure LIe mukers oI LIe
uILerworId, LIe urcIILecLs oI Ieuven. TIe worId Is beuuLIIuI becuuse LIev Iuve IIved;
wILIouL LIem, IuborIng IumunILv wouId perIsI.
He wIo cIerIsIes u beuuLIIuI vIsIon, u IoILv IdeuI In IIs IeurL, wIII one duv reuIIze
IL. CoIumbus cIerIsIed u vIsIon oI unoLIer worId, und Ie dIscovered IL. CopernIcus
IosLered LIe vIsIon oI u muILIpIIcILv oI worIds und u wIder unIverse, und Ie reveuIed IL.
BuddIu beIeId LIe vIsIon oI u spIrILuuI worId oI sLuInIess beuuLv und perIecL peuce, und
Ie enLered InLo IL.
CIerIsI vour vIsIons. CIerIsI vour IdeuIs. CIerIsI LIe musIc LIuL sLIrs In vour
IeurL, LIe beuuLv LIuL Iorms In vour mInd, LIe IoveIIness LIuL drupes vour puresL
LIougILs, Ior ouL oI LIem wIII grow uII deIIgILIuI condILIons, uII IeuvenIv envIronmenL;
oI LIese, II vou buL remuIn Lrue Lo LIem, vour worId wIII uL IusL be buIIL.
To desIre Is Lo obLuIn; Lo uspIre Is Lo ucIIeve. SIuII mun's busesL desIres receIve
LIe IuIIesL meusure oI gruLIIIcuLIon, und IIs puresL uspIruLIons sLurve Ior Iuck oI
susLenunce? SucI Is noL LIe ¡uw. SucI u condILIon oI LIIngs cun never obLuIn - "Ask und
receIve."
Dreum IoILv dreums, und us vou dreum, so sIuII vou become. Your VIsIon Is LIe
promIse oI wIuL vou sIuII one duv be. Your ¡deuI Is LIe propIecv oI wIuL vou sIuII uL IusL
unveII.
TIe greuLesL ucIIevemenL wus uL IIrsL und Ior u LIme u dreum. TIe ouk sIeeps In
LIe ucorn; LIe bIrd wuILs In LIe egg; und In LIe IIgIesL vIsIon oI LIe souI u wukIng ungeI
sLIrs. Dreums ure LIe seedIIngs oI reuIILIes.
Your cIrcumsLunces muv be uncongenIuI, buL LIev sIuII noL Iong remuIn so II vou
buL perceIve un ¡deuI und sLrIve Lo reucI IL. You cunnoL LruveI uithin und sLund sLIII
uithout. Here Is u vouLI Iurd pressed bv poverLv und Iubor; conIIned Iong Iours In un
unIeuILIv worksIop; unscIooIed, und IuckIng uII LIe urLs oI reIInemenL. BuL Ie dreums
oI beLLer LIIngs. He LIInks oI InLeIIIgence, oI reIInemenL, oI gruce und beuuLv. He
conceIves oI, menLuIIv buIIds up, un IdeuI condILIon oI IIIe. TIe vIsIon oI LIe wIder IIberLv
und u Iurger scope Lukes possessIon oI IIm; unresL urges IIm Lo ucLIon, und Ie uLIIIzes uII
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IIs spure LIme und meuns, smuII LIougI LIev ure, Lo LIe deveIopmenL oI IIs IuLenL
powers und resources.
Verv soon so uILered Ius IIs mInd become LIuL LIe worksIop cun no Ionger IoId
IIm. ¡L Ius become so ouL oI Iurmonv wILI IIs menLuIILv LIuL IL IuIIs ouL oI IIs IIIe us u
gurmenL Is cusL usIde, und wILI LIe growLI oI opporLunILIes wIIcI IIL LIe scope oI IIs
expundIng powers, Ie pusses ouL oI IL Iorever.
Yeurs IuLer we see LIIs vouLI us u IuII-grown mun. We IInd IIm u musLer oI cerLuIn
Iorces oI LIe mInd wIIcI Ie wIeIds wILI worId-wIde InIIuence und uImosL unequuIed
power. ¡n IIs Iunds Ie IoIds LIe cords oI gIgunLIc responsIbIIILIes. He speuks, und Io!
IIves ure cIunged. Men und women Iung upon IIs words und remoId LIeIr cIurucLers,
und, sunIIke, Ie becomes LIe IIxed und IumInous cenLer uround wIIcI InnumerubIe
desLInIes revoIve. He Ius reuIIzed LIe VIsIon oI IIs vouLI. He Ius become one wILI IIs
¡deuI.
And vou, Loo, vouLIIuI reuder, wIII reuIIze LIe VIsIon (noL LIe IdIe wIsI) oI vour
IeurL, be IL buse or beuuLIIuI, or u mIxLure oI boLI, Ior vou wIII uIwuvs gruvILuLe Lowurd
LIuL wIIcI vou secreLIv mosL Iove. ¡nLo vour Iunds wIII be pIuced LIe exucL resuILs oI
vour own LIougILs; vou wIII receIve LIuL wIIcI vou eurn, no more, no Iess. WIuLever
vour presenL envIronmenL muv be, vou wIII IuII, remuIn, or rIse wILI vour LIougILs, vour
VIsIon, vour ¡deuI. You wIII become us smuII us vour conLroIIIng desIre; us greuL us vour
domInunL uspIruLIon.
¡n LIe beuuLIIuI words oI SLunLon KIrkIum Duve, "You muv be keepIng uccounLs,
und presenLIv vou sIuII wuIk ouL oI LIe door LIuL Ior so Iong Ius seemed Lo vou LIe
burrIer oI vour IdeuIs, und sIuII IInd vourseII beIore un uudIence - LIe pen sLIII beIInd
vour eur, LIe Ink sLuIns on vour IIngers - und LIen und LIere sIuII pour ouL LIe LorrenL oI
vour InspIruLIon. You muv be drIvIng sIeep, und vou sIuII wunder Lo LIe cILv - bucoIIc
und open mouLIed; sIuII wunder under LIe InLrepId guIdunce oI LIe spIrIL InLo LIe
sLudIo oI LIe musLer, und uILer u LIme Ie sIuII suv, '¡ Iuve noLIIng more Lo LeucI vou.'
And now vou Iuve become LIe musLer, wIo dId so recenLIv dreum oI greuL LIIngs wIIIe
drIvIng sIeep. You sIuII Iuv down LIe suw und LIe pIune Lo Luke upon vourseII LIe
regeneruLIon oI LIe worId."
TIe LIougILIess, LIe IgnorunL, und LIe IndoIenL, seeIng onIv LIe uppurenL eIIecLs
oI LIIngs und noL LIe LIIngs LIemseIves, LuIk oI Iuck, oI IorLune, und cIunce. See u mun
grow rIcI, LIev suv, "How Iuckv Ie Is!" ObservIng unoLIer become InLeIIecLuuI, LIev
excIuIm, "How IIgIIv Iuvored Ie Is!" And noLIng LIe suInLIv cIurucLer und wIde InIIuence
oI unoLIer, LIe remurk, "How cIunce uIds IIm uL everv Lurn!"
TIev do noL see LIe LrIuIs und IuIIures und sLruggIes wIIcI LIese men Iuve
voIunLurIIv encounLered In order Lo guIn LIeIr experIence. TIev Iuve no knowIedge oI
LIe sucrIIIces LIev Iuve mude, oI LIe unduunLed eIIorLs LIev Iuve puL IorLI, oI LIe IuILI
LIev Iuve exercIsed, LIuL LIev mIgIL overcome LIe uppurenLIv InsurmounLubIe, und
reuIIze LIe VIsIon oI LIeIr IeurL. TIev do noL know LIe durkness und LIe IeurLucIes; LIev
onIv see LIe IIgIL und jov, und cuII IL "Iuck"; do noL see LIe Iong und urduous journev, buL
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onIv beIoId LIe pIeusunL gouI, und cuII IL "good IorLune"; do noL undersLund LIe process,
buL onIv perceIve LIe resuIL, und cuII IL "cIunce."
¡n uII Iumun uIIuIrs LIere ure e[[orts, und LIere ure results, und LIe sLrengLI oI
LIe eIIorL Is LIe meusure oI LIe resuIL. CIunce Is noL. "GIILs," powers, muLerIuI,
InLeIIecLuuI, und spIrILuuI possessIons ure LIe IruILs oI eIIorL. TIev ure LIougILs
compIeLed, objecLs uccompIIsIed, vIsIons reuIIzed.
TIe vIsIon LIuL vou gIorIIv In vour mInd, LIe ¡deuI LIuL vou enLIrone In vour IeurL
- LIIs vou wIII buIId vour IIIe bv, LIIs vou wIII become.




































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Chupter Seven

Serenity

CuImness oI mInd Is one oI LIe beuuLIIuI jeweIs oI wIsdom. ¡L Is LIe resuIL oI Iong
und puLIenL eIIorL In seII-conLroI. ¡Ls presence Is un IndIcuLIon oI rIpened experIence, und
oI u more LIun ordInurv knowIedge oI LIe Iuws und operuLIons oI LIougIL.
A mun becomes cuIm In LIe meusure LIuL Ie undersLunds IImseII us u LIougIL-
evoIved beIng, Ior sucI knowIedge necessILuLes LIe undersLundIng oI oLIers us LIe resuIL
oI LIougIL. As Ie deveIops u rIgIL undersLundIng, und sees more und more cIeurIv LIe
InLernuI reIuLIons oI LIIngs bv LIe ucLIon oI cuuse und eIIecL, Ie ceuses Lo Iuss und Iume
und worrv und grIeve, und remuIns poIsed, sLeudIusL, serene.
TIe cuIm mun, IuvIng Ieurned Iow Lo govern IImseII, knows Iow Lo udupL
IImseII Lo oLIers; und LIev, In Lurn, reverence IIs spIrILuuI sLrengLI, und IeeI LIuL LIev
cun Ieurn oI IIm und reIv upon IIm. TIe more LrunquII u mun becomes, LIe greuLer Is IIs
success, IIs InIIuence, IIs power Ior good. Even LIe ordInurv Lruder wIII IInd IIs busIness
prosperILv Increuse us Ie deveIops u greuLer seII-conLroI und equunImILv, Ior peopIe wIII
uIwuvs preIer Lo deuI wILI u mun wIose demeunor Is sLrongIv equubIe.
TIe sLrong cuIm mun Is uIwuvs Ioved und revered. He Is IIke u sIude-gIvIng Lree In
u LIIrsLv Iund, or u sIeILerIng rock In u sLorm. WIo does noL Iove u LrunquII IeurL, u
sweeL-Lempered, buIunced IIIe? ¡L does noL muLLer wIeLIer IL ruIns or sIInes, or wIuL
cIunges come Lo LIose possessIng LIese bIessIngs, Ior LIev ure uIwuvs sweeL, serene, und
cuIm. TIuL exquIsILe poIse oI cIurucLer wIIcI we cuII serenILv Is LIe IusL Iesson cuILure; IL
Is LIe IIowerIng oI IIIe, LIe IruILuge oI LIe souI. ¡L Is precIous us wIsdom, more Lo be
desIred LIun goId - veu, LIun even IIne goId. How InsIgnIIIcunL mere monev-seekIng
Iooks In compurIson wILI u serene IIIe - u IIIe LIuL dweIIs In LIe oceun oI TruLI, beneuLI
LIe wuves, bevond LIe reucI oI LempesLs, In LIe ELernuI CuIm!
"How munv peopIe we know wIo sour LIeIr IIves, wIo ruIn uII LIuL Is sweeL und
beuuLIIuI bv expIosIve Lempers, wIo desLrov LIeIr poIse oI cIurucLer, und muke bud
bIood! ¡L Is u quesLIon wIeLIer LIe greuL mujorILv oI peopIe do noL ruIn LIeIr IIves und
mur LIeIr IuppIness bv Iuck oI seII-conLroI. How Iew peopIe we meeL In IIIe wIo ure weII-
buIunced, wIo Iuve LIuL exquIsILe poIse wIIcI Is cIurucLerIsLIc oI LIe IInIsIed
cIurucLer!"
Yes, IumunILv surges wILI unconLroIIed pussIon, Is LumuILuous wILI ungoverned
grIeI, Is bIown ubouL bv unxIeLv und doubL. OnIv LIe wIse mun, onIv Ie wIose LIougILs
ure conLroIIed und purIIIed, mukes LIe wInds und LIe sLorms oI LIe souI obev IIm.
TempesL-Lossed souIs, wIerever ve muv be, under wIuLsoever condILIons ve muv
IIve, know LIIs - In LIe oceun oI IIIe LIe IsIes oI BIessedness ure smIIIng, und sunnv sIore
oI vour IdeuI uwuILs vour comIng. Keep vour Iund IIrmIv upon LIe IeIm oI LIougIL. ¡n
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LIe burk oI vour souI recIInes LIe commundIng MusLer; He does buL sIeep; wuke HIm.
SeII-conLroI Is sLrengLI; RIgIL TIougIL Is musLerv; CuImness Is power.
Suv unLo vour IeurL, "Peuce, be sLIII!"
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Aboot the Aothor

Verv IILLIe Is known ubouL Jumes AIIen, despILe LIe IucL LIuL IIs book, As A Mcn
Thinleth, Is u IILeruI besL-seIIer und Ius InspIred mIIIIons upon mIIIIons oI peopIe Ior
over u cenLurv.

Jumes AIIen wus born In ¡eIcesLer, EngIund In 186q und worked us u personuI
secreLurv Lo un execuLIve oI u Iurge EngIIsI corporuLIon unLII 1¤oz. AL LIe uge oI ¤8, Ie
reLIred Lo u IIIe oI wrILIng und IIvIng on u smuII coLLuge In ¡IIrucombe, EngIund. He
wroLe more LIun zo works beIore suddenIv pussIng uwuv uL LIe uge oI q8.

As A Mcn Thinleth Ius InIIuenced und InspIred munv more conLemporurv
wrILers sucI us NupoIeon HIII, Normun VIncenL PeuIe, Tonv RobbIns, und munv more.
¡ILLIe dId Jumes AIIen know LIuL Ie wouId spurk LIe seII-ImprovemenL IndusLrv wILI IIs
¨IILLIe voIume,¨ us Ie cuIIed IL.






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