Wattles wrote a number of books including Health Through New Thought
and Fasting, The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being
Great, The Science of Being Well, and a novel, Hellfire
Harrison, but it is for his prosperity classic, The Science of
Getting Rich that he is best known.
known about Wattles' life. He was born in the USA shortly after the
civil war, and experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in
his life he took to studying the various religious beliefs and
philosophies of the world including those of Descartes, Spinoza,
Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson, and others. It was
through his tireless study and experimentation that he discovered the
truth of New Thought principles and put them into practice in his own
life. He began to write books outlining these principles. He practiced
the technique of creative visualisation and as his daughter Florence
relates, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed
his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality
of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization
of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful
Towne, in her magazine Nautilus,
published the articles of Wallace D. Wattles in almost every issue in
the early 1900's and until his untimely death in 1911. Here are excerpts
from a letter written to Mrs.Towne by his daughter, Florence, shortly
after his death.
My dear Mrs.
Your letter of the 14th received . . . perhaps a little later I
can write the romantic story of my Father's life and make it really
worthwhile. You knew, didn't you, that he lost a good position
in the Methodist Church because of his "heresy"?
He met George D. Herron at a convention of reformers in
Chicago in 1896 and caught Herron's social vision. I
shall never forget the morning he came home. It was
Christmas. Mother had put her last dollar into a cuff box
and we had placed it
beneath an evergreen branch which served for our
Christmas tree and which we had illuminated with
tallow candles and strung with popcorn. Finally Father came.
With that beautiful smile he praised the tree, said the cuff box
was just what he had been wanting - and took us all in his arms
to tell us of the wonderful social message of Jesus, the message
which he later embodied in "A New Christ."
From that day until his death he worked unceasingly to
realize the glorious vision of human brotherhood. For years his
life was cursed by poverty and the fear of poverty. He was
always scheming and planning to get for his family those things
which make the abundant life possible.
In the first chapter of "How to be a Genius" he says:
"Man's greatest happiness is found in the bestowal of
benefits on those he loves." The supreme faith of the man
never left him; never for a moment did he lose confidence in the
power of the master Intelligence to right every wrong and to
give to every man and woman his or her share of the good things
When we came to Elwood (Indiana) three years ago, Father began a
Sunday night lectureship inn Indianapolis. This was our only
source of income. Later he began to write for Nautilus and to
word out his own philosophy. He wrote almost constantly. Then it
was that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a
successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and
he began to work toward the realization of this vision . . . .
He lived every page of "How to be a Genius." In the
last three years he made lots of money, and had good health,
except for his extreme frailty.
I have written this hurriedly, but I think it will give you an
idea of the life struggle of a great man - his failure and
success. His life was truly THE POWERFUL LIFE, and surely we can
say, at least in Elwood, "The name of him who loved his
fellow men led all the rest."
With all good wishes, I am,
FLORENCE A. WATTLES
known book, The Science of Getting Rich is a down-to-earth,
clear-cut and practical guide. A mental and spiritual approach on how to
become rich. No bones about it, when you follow the thoughts presented
in this book, you too will become rich, without the feelings of guilt.
As a matter of fact, the author writes that the poverty-stricken (and
even the middle class) should be the ones to feel guilty by not living
up to their true potential as Thinking Beings.
his book is "Intended for the men and women whose most pressing
need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophise
afterward. It is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not
a lot of theory. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the
time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of
metaphysics, but who want prosperous results and who are willing to take
the conclusions of science as a basis for action.
may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not
possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is
rich. You cannot rise to your greatest possible height in talent or soul
development unless you have plenty of money. For to unfold your soul and
to develop talent you must have many things to use, and you cannot have
these things unless you have money with which to buy them."
not long after the 1910 publication of The Science of Getting Rich,
but his books, along with those of another well-known prosperity writer
of that time, Orison Swett Marden, have had a remarkable effect on
people, and much of the success and self-development literature of the
past 100 years by the likes of Napolean Hill, Robert Schuller, Anthony
Robbins, etc., owes a great debt to these two writers.
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More Wallace D. Wattles
I have recently discovered the titles of several other
books by Wallace D. Wattles and fortunately for all of us, they are still in
print. All of these may be purchased directly from, or ordered through
your normal book retailer.
of Abundant Life
Jesus: The Man and His Work
The Science of Getting Rich
of Becoming Excellent
Health Through New
Thought And Fasting
To Be A Genius Or The Science Of Being Great
Success: Harnessing the Power of Creative Thought