As the Buddha says, "What a person considers and reflects upon for a long time, to that his mind will bend and incline."

The above quote is from Nyanaponika Thera, found here at Access to Insight.

Does anyone know where the Buddha says that, in the Pali Canon?

A google search of the quote was not helpful.

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It's from here:

"Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking & pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.
MN 19 (translated by Ven. Thanissaro)

“Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind.
MN 19 (translated by Ven. Bodhi)

Whatever a mendicant frequently thinks about and considers becomes their heart’s inclination.
MN 19 (translated by Ven. Sujato)

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