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50 Notable Quotes from Wallace D. Wattles (from The Science of Getting Rich)

  1. Whatever 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.
  2. The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life.
  3. Success in life is becoming what you want to be.
  4. Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, or function not performed, there is unsatisfied desire.
  5. Desire is possibility seeking expression, or function seeking performance.
  6. No man is kept poor because opportunity has been taken away from him.
  7. Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short.
  8. Nature is formed for the advancement of life; its impelling motive is the increase of life.
  9. Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches . . .
  10. A man’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things.
  11. To think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.
  12. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform.
  13. There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.
  14. By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.
  15. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best. It takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.
  16. Many people who order their lives rightly, in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.
  17. There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.
  18. Desire is the effort of the unexpressed possibility within, seeking expression without through your actions.
  19. The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment; every desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action.
  20. It is the desire of God that you should get rich.
  21. The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
  22. God wants that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for others; and you can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
  23. You must get rid of the thought of competition.  You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.
  24. You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited.
  25. The desire you feel for riches is the Infinite seeking to express Himself in you.
  26. The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word, gratitude.
  27. Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.
  28. It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive.
  29. The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive.
  30. Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come.
  31. There is a Law of Gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek.
  32. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.
  33. To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things.
  34. To fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.
  35. The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention.
  36. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best.
  37. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith.
  38. You must form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.
  39. You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.
  40. All you need is to know what you want, and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts.
  41. The more clear and definite you make your picture then, and the more you dwell upon it, bringing out all its delightful details, the stronger your desire will be.
  42. The man who can sincerely thank God for the things which as yet he owns only in imagination, has real faith.
  43. It is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.
  44. Hold to the FAITH that the imaginary is being realized, and to the PURPOSE to realize it.
  45. Think and speak of all the things you have asked for in terms of actual present ownership.
  46. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever.
  47. To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself.
  48. It is by your will that you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.
  49. Get rich; that is the best way you can help the poor.
  50. People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition
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