April 6, 2006
"Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything."
Importance of Pinging
I think I’d better get off the couch now…
[...] Years later I read As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. It mirrored the same concept. A great book and I highly recommend reading it. Now I was reading Matt’s Blog on WordPress (my favorite blog platform) and he has the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Watch your thoughts; They become words. Watch your words; They become deeds. Watch your deeds; They become habits. Watch your habits; They become character. Character is everything. [...]
Similar to the sentiments of this book.
From the movie Wall Street…
“A man looks in the abyss, there is nothing staring back at him. At that moment he discovers his character. That keeps the man out of the abyss.”
oy, i love emerson. and lemme add this: we shape thoughts, opinions, habits in a kind of feedback loop with our media. when the organs of the press are amalgamated, inaccessible, monopolistic, or biased then our thoughts, words, deeds, and even our morality can get distorted. the only way to resist this closing is with free and open media. thank heavens for word press.
Konfuzius, the chinese philisopher said something like:
You ‘ve won real character, when you’re able to stay above your character.
So we’ve three stages in life:
ppl without character
ppl who gained a character
and at least ppl who left their character, but are always able to let themselves fall into one. :)
I really appreciate his thought, because it changes so many things in life and let you smile forever.
That is very inspiring. Thanks Matt.
I just read this quote on Matt’s wordpress blog:
“Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.”
The “Watch your thoughts..” quote is widely attributed to Frank Outlaw, not Emerson. When looking it up, it’s actually on a quote site directly under some Emerson quotes. Perhaps that is where the mix up occured. Anyone have any other ideas on verifying the author?
One of my fav quotes ever. Thanks for reminding.
I actually need to confirm the author of the “Watch your Thoughts…” quote, and locate Frank Outlaw, if in fact, he is the author and is still alive. Does anyone know his whereabouts?
[...] People are always putting quotes in blog posts, web pages or (heaven forbid) email signature lines. Normally, I ignore these but this one really stopped me in my tracks. [...]
Frank Outlaw passed away in 1988.
Seems as though I read this quote many years before the internet was opened to public use.
[...] Saw this on Matt’s blog. [...]
And yet sadly no one has attributed this to its true origin…
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let is spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.
- From the Dhammapada
Sayings of the Buddha
I found this site/blog after seeing a quote attributed to Frank Outlaw and now Emerson… It just makes you think.
good one.to continue,
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
i am a great sadmirer of Emerson
[...] Ralph Waldo Emerson April 200617 comments 5 [...]
Reference please. There are already too many junk quotations about Buddha, Gandhi and other great thinkers, that are simply not their own.
I love this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thanks for creating WordPress, Matt. Using it as a blogging and website platform has changed my life in more ways than I could mention.
I thought it was lao tzu?
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