Quote of the Week – Thoughts Become Words

9 Jun


An analysis of this quote of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tze (meaning “Old Master”).


“Watch your thoughts; they become words”: Every word that comes out of our mouth comes from a thought – whether consciously or unconsciously. A happy, kind thought precedes happy, kind words. And vice versa, if our thoughts are less than desirable, then somewhere along the thought process, we must’ve kindled matching thoughts.

“Watch your words; they become actions”: Our tone of voice and body language instinctively follow the words we’re saying (unless you’ve credible acting skills) – whether sweet or sour – they follow the thought we have bundled behind our words.

“Watch your actions; they become habits”: All of the habits we have were created by the actions we choose to take over and over again. Habits can be changed when we begin to take different actions which will form positive habits.

“Watch your habits; they become your character”: This is the set of qualities that distinguish us from one another – the way other people see us. They can’t feel our feelings or think our thoughts (maybe a soul mate can) – they only hear our words, see our actions and habits that define who we are and what we stand for.

“Watch your character; it becomes your destiny”: Our destiny – our reality – our world. Each of us has a unique perception of the world we live in. This is to an extent because we’ve created it – by our past thoughts. Take the example of the glass being half full or half empty – the point of view is unique to one’s interpretation of reality.

Though we may desire our future to be different to our past and present – many of us don’t achieve our goals because we’re stuck in a chronic cycle of “doing the same things over and over and expecting different results”. If we keep doing what we’ve always done, will we not get what we’ve always got?

To complement this in the words of another sagacious thinker, Aristotle:

“Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”


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10 Responses to “Quote of the Week – Thoughts Become Words”

  1. mccurdyca June 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    what a great qoute it reminds me of some lyrics to a Dave Matthews song

    in the song he sings

    “to change the world you start with one step however small first step is hardest of all”

    • Atticus June 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

      very true mccurdyca!
      it just takes one step, usually the mental leap is the hardest as that’s what’s holding us back from taking the physical step, decision and therefore the action.
      glad you liked the quote : )

  2. Sentinel June 10, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    Great stuff yo.

    It’s amazing how little things (like bad thoughts) that we do not really pay too much attention to can snowball into things like destiny. I’m going to get this printed and put on my door to remind myself everyday!

    • Atticus June 10, 2010 at 1:25 am #

      that’s exactly the chain reaction, a monumental one when we think of it like that.

      but of course we never pay much attention to it because we’re like hey, it’s just one thought or just one word or even one action..but give it time, the evidence is there in black and white. it becomes the reality.

      glad you like it, i designed the graphic!

  3. Jamie Dedes June 10, 2010 at 4:20 am #

    Well done, Atticus!


  4. jobinmartin August 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Wonderful quote. I thought of another version of this. Haven’t you noticed how the thoughts and actions of others influence our behavior? When we hear an opinion on a subject, which we never thought of before, it becomes our opinion. And all other things discussed in this quote are sure to follow!

    • Atticus August 25, 2010 at 1:00 am #

      Exactly that. Our thoughts, opinions and values are constantly evolving and being shaped by what we’re exposed to in our environment.

      I read the correlated quote from your site and it should strike a chord with us all.. that’s if we take a step back and look carefully at its domino effect > of our thoughts.


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