"A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently
cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected,
it must, it will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then
an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue
to produce their kind.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and
growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the
garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure
thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of
right, useful and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner
or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the
director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of
thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought
forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character,
circumstances, and destiny."
~James Allen, "As a Man Thinketh" from the chapter, Effect of Thought on