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and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.

The proof of this truth is in every person, and it therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic 

introspection and self-analysis. Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the 

rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men imagine that thought can be 
kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance. Bestial 

thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness and sensuality, which solidify into circumstances of 

destitution and disease: impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and confusing habits, 

which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances: thoughts of fear, doubt, and indecision 
crystallize into weak, unmanly, and irresolute habits, which solidify into circumstances of failure, 

indigence, and slavish dependence: lazy thoughts crystallize into habits of uncleanliness and 

dishonesty, which solidify into circumstances of foulness and beggary: hateful and condemnatory 

thoughts crystallize into habits of accusation and violence, which solidify into circumstances of injury 
and persecution: selfish thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of self-seeking, which solidify into 

circumstances more or less distressing. On the other hand, beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize 

into habits of grace and kindliness, which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances: pure thoughts 

crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control, which solidify into circumstances of repose and 
peace: thoughts of courage, self-reliance, and decision crystallize into manly habits, which solidify into 

circumstances of success, plenty, and freedom: energetic thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness 

and industry, which solidify into circumstances of pleasantness: gentle and forgiving thoughts 

crystallize into habits of gentleness, which solidify into protective and preservative circumstances: 
loving and unselfish thoughts crystallize into habits of self-forgetfulness for others, which solidify into 

circumstances of sure and abiding prosperity and true riches.


A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the 
character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his 

thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.


Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts, which he most encourages, and 
opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil 

thoughts.

Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts, and all the world will soften towards him, and be ready to 

help him; let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts, and lo, opportunities will spring up on 

every hand to aid his strong resolves; let him encourage good thoughts, and no hard fate shall bind him 

down to wretchedness and shame. The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of 
colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of 

your ever-moving thoughts.


"So You will be what you will to be; 
Let failure find its false content

In that poor word, ‘environment,‘ 

But spirit scorns it, and is free.


"It masters time, it conquers space;

It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance, 

And bids the tyrant Circumstance 

Uncrown, and fill a servant‘s place.


"The human Will, that force unseen, 

The offspring of a deathless Soul,









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