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As a man thinketh-James Allen

James Allen

James Allen


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This book is just about 22 pages but packs profound wisdom delivered in a crystal clear manner in so small a package. That this book written somewhere around 1910 is still in circulation and still being admired and quoted by many today is an unvarnished testimonial to its impact.


This little book, filled with much wisdom, can be summed up in one sentence:


“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts”.

  James Allen makes it clear that you are the maker of your character; you are the designer of your life and your destiny; and you are the builder of your legacy. At some point, if the reader realizes this, he or she will feel both relieved and refreshed, as I was. 

Who was James Allen anyway?

Not much is known of this man except that he was credited with the foundation of the modern self improvement movement.

James Allen was born in Leicester, Central England, November 28, 1864. The family business failed within a few years after his birth, and in 1879 hus father left for America to recoup the family losses. The elder Allen had hoped to settle in the United States, but was robbed and murdered before he could send for his family.

James Allen worked as a secretary to a British businessman and ventured into writing in 1902. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short , lasting only nine years, until his death in 1912.

 His was a quiet, unrewarded genius. he seldom made enough money from his writings to cover his expenses.

I hope this book works for you and has the impact that it has had on me. Do drop me a line on what you think of this book and of my efforts at making such powerful classics available to everyone.

This book is a must read!

James Allen- As A Man Thinketh

 “This book is amazing! It’s short but powerful and since I got it, I read it every morning before school or work. It is a constant reminder to continue to maintain positive thoughts and weed out all of the negativity that impairs my performance at school, work and home.
Hightly Recommend it! ” – Amazon.com Book Review


When I read James Allen’s book “As A Man Thinketh” I experienced first hand what Leonardo da Vinci meant in his quote “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

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