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In his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles explains how to become successful and rich by applying common sense, proven principals. The book is a must read for any serious student of self-help, new-age literature, including The Law of Attraction (by Esther Hicks), The Secret (by Rhonda Byrne), The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (by Deepak Chopra), etc. Below are several quotes attributable to Mr. Wattles and organized under five powerful categories. Take time to read and think about these quotes. After all, “You are not mentally developed by what you read, but by what you think about what you read.” Wallace D. Wattles

  1. “Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the formless substance.”

  • “A thought is a substance, producing the thing that is imagined by the thought.”

  • “By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.”

  • “An ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.”

  • “Greatness is attained only by thinking of great thoughts.”

  1. “You can become what you want to be.”

  • “All you need is to know is what you want, and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts.”

  • “See just what you want, and get a clear mental picture of it, as you wish it to look when you get it.”

  • “Set your ideal as near to perfection as your imagination is capable of forming the conception.”

  • “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

  1. “Success in life is becoming what you want to be.”

  • “Success is becoming what you want to be, and is attained by applying your energies to your work, and you will apply your energies in exact proportion to the intensity of your desire.”

  • “The intensity of your desire will depend on the clearness with which you picture to yourself what you want to be.”

  • “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.”

  1. “Getting rich isn’t about doing certain things. It’s about doing things in the certain way.”

  • “To do things in a way you want to do them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think: this is the first step toward getting rich.”

  • “Do all that you can do in a perfect manner every day, but do it without haste, worry or fear. Go as fast as you can, but never hurry.”

  • “You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create. Not to compete for what is already created.”

  • “Never admit the possibility of failure, or speak in a way that infers failure as a possibility.”

  1. “The daily practice of gratitude is one of the conduits by which your wealth will come to you.”

  • “The more gratefully we fix our minds on the supreme when good things come to us. The more good things we will receive.”

  • “It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

  • “Everything that touches your life is an opportunity if you discover its proper use.”

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