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Can hew a way to any goal, 
Though walls of granite intervene.

"Be not impatient in delays

But wait as one who understands; 
When spirit rises and commands 

The gods are ready to obey."

3. Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

THE body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately 

chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into 

disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness 

and beauty.

Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves 

through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they 

are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in 
fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open 

to the, entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the 

nervous system.

Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigour and grace. The body is a delicate and 

plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of 

thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it.

Men will continue to have impure and poisoned blood, so long as they propagate unclean thoughts. Out 

of a clean heart comes a clean life and a clean body. Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and a 

corrupt body. Thought is the fount of action, life, and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all 

will be pure.

Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts 

pure, he no longer desires impure food.

Clean thoughts make clean habits. The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint. He 

who has strengthened and purified his thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent microbe.

If you would protect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. 
Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour 

face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, 

passion, and pride.

I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright, innocent face of a girl. I know a man well under 

middle age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours. The one is the result of a sweet and sunny 

disposition; the other is the outcome of passion and discontent.

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into 

your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free 

admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.

On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy, others by strong and pure thought, and 

others are carved by passion: who cannot distinguish them? With those who have lived righteously, age 

is calm, peaceful, and softly mellowed, like the setting sun. I have recently seen a philosopher on his 

deathbed. He was not old except in years. He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived.

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