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M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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My TOP 35 Reap What You Sow Quotes

These reap what you sow quotes come from The Art of Living's growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.

Here are my top 35 reap what you sow quotes of all time...

1. "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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2. "Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown." - Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard: Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.

Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian, philosopher, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.

This quote reminds us that often a big part of the process is out of our direct control. All you can do is plant the seeds, set up the right conditions and then wait. A plant doesn't grow because you hover and hustle around it. Trust the process and let fate take its time to unfold.

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3. "Action is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits." - James Allen

James Allen: Action is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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4. "Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are." - James Allen

James Allen: Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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5. "Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions." - James Allen

James Allen: Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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6. "He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly." - James Allen

James Allen: He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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7. "The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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8. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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9. "Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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10. "The mind is what the mind is fed." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: The mind is what the mind is fed.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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11. "When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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12. "Let's never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let's do as General Eisenhower does: let's never waste a minute thinking about people we don't like." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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13. "If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible." - Thomas J. Stanley

Thomas J. Stanley (1944 – February 28, 2015) was an American writer and business theorist who authored and co-authored several award-winning books on America's wealthy, including the bestsellers The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind.

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14. "If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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15. "Money is a result, wealth is a result, health is a result, illness is a result, your weight is a result. We live in a world of cause and effect." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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16. "When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing “crap magnet.”" - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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17. "The Law of Income: You will be paid in direct proportion to the value you deliver according to the marketplace." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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18. "Where attention goes, energy flows and results show." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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19. "Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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20. "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." - James Allen

James Allen: 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.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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21. "Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself." - James Allen

James Allen: Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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22. "You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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23. "The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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24. "If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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25. "The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles: The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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26. "A man’s ego in his greatest asset or his greatest liability, according to the way he relates himself to it." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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27. "The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word; 2. Don’t take anything personally; 3. Don’t make assumptions; and 4. Always do your best." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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28. "Most bullies have themselves been bullied, and they despise kids who remind them of their own vulnerability." - Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist, author, researcher and educator best known for his research into post-traumatic stress and his best selling book, The Body Keeps the Score.

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29. "The greatest sources of our suffering are the lies we tell ourselves." - Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist, author, researcher and educator best known for his research into post-traumatic stress and his best selling book, The Body Keeps the Score.

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30. "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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31. "Love doesn’t keep a score of wrongs. Love doesn’t bring up past failures. None of us is perfect. In marriage we do not always do the right thing. We have sometimes done and said hurtful things to our spouses. We cannot erase the past. We can only confess it and agree that it was wrong. We can ask for forgiveness and try to act differently in the future. Having confessed my failure and asked forgiveness, I can do nothing more to mitigate the hurt it may have caused my spouse. When I have been wronged by my spouse and she has painfully confessed it and requested forgiveness, I have the option of justice or forgiveness. If I choose justice and seek to pay her back or make her pay for her wrongdoing, I am making myself the judge and her the felon. Intimacy becomes impossible. If, however, I choose to forgive, intimacy can be restored. Forgiveness is the way of love." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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32. "The object of love is not getting something you want but doing something for the well-being of the one you love. It is a fact, however, that when we receive affirming words we are far more likely to be motivated to reciprocate and do something our spouse desires." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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33. "For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it." - Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer (born 1953) is an American Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and the author of numerous scientific articles and books, including the award-winning Braiding Sweetgrass.

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34. "Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us." - Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer (born 1953) is an American Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and the author of numerous scientific articles and books, including the award-winning Braiding Sweetgrass.

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35. "Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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