Wallace D. Wattles: The Science of Getting Rich Book Summary

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  • Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.
  • The object of all life is development; and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining.
  • To be content with less is sinful.
  • Success in life is becoming what you want to be.
  • A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love find it’s most natural and spontaneous expression in giving.
  • Getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way, and if like causes always produce like effects, than any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich, and the whole matter is brought within the domain of exact science.
  • No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all.
  • No man is poor because nature is poor, or because there is not enough to go around. Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short.
  • Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the Formless Substance.
  • Man is a thinking center, and can originate thought. All the forms that man fashions with his hands must first exist in his thought; he cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.
  • When man has a thought-form, he takes material from the forms of nature, and makes an image of the form which is in his mind.
  • Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to created.
  • A man’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things.
  • There is no labour which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.
  • To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease, or to think riches when in the midst of appearances of poverty, requires power; but he who acquires this power becomes a MASTER MIND. He can conquer fate; he can have whatever he wants.
  • There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
  • Every living thing must continually seek for the enlargement of its life, because life, in the mere act of living, must increase itself.
  • It is essential, however that your purpose should harmonize with the purpose that is in All.
  • You can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
  • You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.
  • Never look at the visible supply; look always at the limitless riches in Formless Substance, and KNOW that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.
  • Give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value; then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.
  • 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 blessing come.
  • The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you.
  • You cannot exercise much power without gratitude; for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with Power.
  • Faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith’and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith.
  • It is necessary to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously.
  • Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Jesus)
  • See the things you want as if they were actually around you all the time; see yourself as owning and using them. Make use of them in imagination just as you will use them when they are your tangible possessions. Dwell upon your mental picture until it is clear and distinct, and then take the Mental Attitude of Ownership toward everything in that picture. Take possession of it, in mind, in the full faith that it is actually yours. Hold to this mental ownership; do not waiver for an instant in the faith that it is real.
  • If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of poverty. Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites.
  • People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition. Every man who become rich by competition throws down behind him the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down; but every man who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow him, and inspires them to do so.
  • Use your will power to keep your mind OFF the subject of poverty, and to keep it fixed with faith and purpose ON the vision of what you want.
  • The only way in which you can assist the world in growing rich is by growing rich yourself through the creative method – not the competitive one.
  • Give your attention wholly to riches; ignore poverty.
  • A though, in this substance, produces the things that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created. In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; he must form a clear mental picture of the things he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he wants, closing his mind against all that may tend to shake his purpose, dim his vision, or quench his faith.
  • We have not yet reached the stage of development, even supposing such a stage to be possible, in which man can create directly from Formless Substance without nature’s processes or the work of human hands; man must not only think, but his personal action must supplement his thought.
  • You must give every man more in use value than he gives you in cash value.
  • It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process; all you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to your purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.
  • By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it.
  • Hold to the one vision of what you want, and act NOW.
  • That he may receive what he wants when it comes, man must act NOW upon the people and things in his present environment.
  • Every day is either a successful day or a day of failure; and it is the successful days which get you what you want. If everyday is a failure, you can never get rich; while if every day is a success, you cannot fail to get rich.
  • Do, every day, ALL that can be done that day.
  • The cause of failure is doing too many things in an inefficient manner, and not doing enough things in an efficient manner.
  • The desire for increase is inherent in all nature; it is the fundamental impulse of the universe. All human activities are based on the desire for increase; people are seeking more food, more clothes, better shelter, more luxury, more beauty, more knowledge, more pleasure – increase in something, more life.
  • There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of opportunities for the man who is living the advancing life.
  • The more people who get rich on the competitive plane, the worse for others; the more who get rich on the creative plane, the better for others.
  • When you make a failure, it is because you have not asked for enough; keep on, and a larger thing than you were seeking will certainly come to you.
  • Man may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of Substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the Formless.
  • The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his Vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him.
  • Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the Formless, and the creative forces set in motion.


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