Who is Frank Outlaw?

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Frank Outlaw was a supermarket manager who founded the Bi-Lo supermarkets in South Carolina. He played a supermarket manager in "Raising Arizona."


"Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny

This quote is widely attributed to "Frank Outlaw" on the Web, but no actual other corroborating confirmation actually confirms that this is the correct source.

Popular quotation books - including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (17th ed., 2002), Roget's International Thesaurus of Quotations (1970) and The Harper Book of Quotations(3rd ed., 1993) - DO NOT include this quote or any reference to Frank Outlaw.

In July 2003, a woman named "Elizabeth C.," claimed to have written it in 1998 and sending to members of an e-mail group of people living with lupus.

According to legend, her words were: "these few lines have since taken on a life of their own via the internet. I was honored when someone asked if they could post it on their work bulletin board. From there it ended up as a desktop theme. It has traveled everywhere."


Your quote is from Charles Reade (1814-1884).

There is probably no such person as Frank Outlaw (though he may be a character - I haven't read any Reade :-).

Here in Germany it gets credited to the Talmud all the time, but Jewish authorities on the Web say this is not true.


I have heard from my colleague that this quote is very exact form a saying in Thai by a famous Thai monk, Achann Chaa of Wat Po Pong (1918-1992). Many of his sayings were known abroad during 1960s and 1970s.

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Frank Outlaw was an alleged author/writer/scholar attributed for the famous"Watch your thoughts; it becomes your destiny" quote; allegedly died in 1988; and there are questions of whether or not "Frank Outlaw" was a real person or character.

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