„Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.“

Saying published anonymously in The Dayspring, Vol. 10 (1881) by the Unitarian Sunday-School Society, and quoted in Life and Labor (1887) by Smiles; this is most often attributed to George Dana Boardman, at least as early as 1884, but also sometimes attributed to William Makepeace Thackeray as early as 1891, probably because in in Life and Labor Smiles adds a quote by Thackeray right after this one, to Charles Reade in 1903, and to William James as early as 1906, because it appears in his Principles of Psychology (1890).
Misattributed
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Samuel Smiles Foto
Samuel Smiles9
englischer Moralschriftsteller 1812 - 1904

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Foto
Charles Reade Foto

„Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.“

—  Charles Reade British writer 1814 - 1884

Possibly a misattribution, ascribed to Reade in Notes and Queries (9th Series) vol. 12, 17 October 1903. It appears (as an un-sourced quotation) in Life and Labor (1887) by Samuel Smiles and in the front of The Power of Womanhood by Ellice Hopkins (1899) htm http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13722/13722-h/13722-h..
Apparently a common saying in 19th century. It has been also attributed to an “old Chinese proverb”, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), George Dana Boardman (1828-1903), Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839-1898), James Allen (1864-1912), Marcus Fabius Quintilianus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintilian http://www.worldofquotes.com/author/Quintilian-(Marcus-Fabius-Quintilian)/1/index.html and William James.
No original source has ever been isolated. Its structure strongly reflects that of a ""classical Chinese"" set of aphorisms; and it may have been deliberately constructed in that form, by a non-Chinese, to imply an oriental (and, perhaps, far wiser) origin.
Finally, almost all of those who cite the complete piece:
::We sow a thought and reap an act;
::We sow an act and reap a habit;
::We sow a habit and reap a character;
::We sow a character and reap a destiny.
state that, in their view, it was written to expand an embellish the notion that was expressed at Proverbs XXIII:7 (""For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he"").
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James Allen Foto
George Boardman the Younger Foto
Stephen R. Covey Foto

„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 R. Covey, buch The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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Alex Salmond Foto

„As you sowed, so Scotland reaped.“

—  Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954

Scotland in the World Forum (February 4, 2008), Church of Scotland (May 25, 2009)

Josefa Iloilo Foto
Thomas Fuller (writer) Foto

„4389. That, which you sow, you must reap.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

Lou Reed Foto
Hasan al-Askari Foto

„Everyone reaps what he sows.“

—  Hasan al-Askari Eleventh of the Twelve Imams 846 - 874

Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 338
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt Foto

„Who sows fear, reaps weapons.“

—  Friedrich Dürrenmatt Swiss author and dramatist 1921 - 1990

About Tolerance (1977)

Leonardo Da Vinci Foto
Nick Cave Foto

„Tupelo-o-o! Hey, Tupelo! You will reap just what you sow.“

—  Nick Cave Australian musician 1957

Song lyrics, The Firstborn Is Dead (1985), Tupelo

Frederick William Robertson Foto
Arthur Travers Harris Foto

„They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.“

—  Arthur Travers Harris Royal Air Force air marshal 1892 - 1984

Statement of 1942, at the start of the bombing campaign against Germany, as quoted in "Sir Arthur Harris & The Lancaster Bomber" at The British Postal Museum and Archive http://postalheritage.org.uk/page/ww2stamps-bomberharris
Kontext: The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.

Thomas Fuller (writer) Foto

„5515. What's sowed in Youth, will be reaped in Age.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

Ian Paisley Foto

„Don't come crying to me if your homes are attacked. You will reap what you sow.“

—  Ian Paisley Politician and former church minister 1926 - 2014

After been forcibly carried out from the Assembly building by police(1986)http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/24/newsid_2519000/2519077.stm

Joseph Murphy Foto

„As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.“

—  Joseph Murphy American writer 1898 - 1981

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Foto

„She who sows vengeance must reap its bloody fruit.“

—  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist 1956

Quelle: The Palace of Illusions

Madison Cawein Foto

„Some shall reap that never sow
And some shall toil and not attain.“

—  Madison Cawein poet from Louisville, Kentucky 1865 - 1914

Success.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919)

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