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The 100-year-old book that inspired Rhonda Byrne's bestselling The Secret


  • Live your dream
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  • Learn a proven method for success
  • Access your inner strength
  • Realize your potential

Rediscover the original version of Wallace D. Wattles's 1910 classic,
The Science of Getting Rich--the forerunner of every personal finance and self-help book ever written. Explore the principles that have shown generations of readers the way to riches and fulfillment in life.

"The book, as it turns out, is about getting rich - not only in terms of money but in every possible way, including relationships and health. As I read, it became clear to me that what Wattles was presenting was actually the science of life. He wrote The Science of Getting Rich in 1910 for the coal miners in his area, so the book is quite short and the language is simple. He doesn't get into philosophies or theories. He doesn't explain why or how it works. He just says, 'Do what I say and your life will completely change.'"

--Rhonda Byrne, executive producer of The Secret, as quoted in
You've Got To Read This Book!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587360947
  • Publisher: Wheatmark, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 0.26 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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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. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.

A man develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of things, and society is so organized that man must have money in order to become the possessor of things, therefore, the basis of all advancement for man must be the science of getting 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.

Man’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment, or, in other words, his right to be rich.

In this book, I shall not speak of riches in a figurative way, to be really rich does not mean to be satisfied or contented with a little. No man ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and enjoying more. The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life, and every man should have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life, to be content with less is sinful.

The man who owns all he wants for the living of all the life he is capable of living is rich, and no man who has not plenty of money can have all he wants. Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live in a manner that even approaches completeness. Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming, this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature, we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be. Success in life is becoming what you want to be, you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them. To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most essential of all knowledge.

There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life, and that desire is praiseworthy. The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.

There are three motives for which we live, we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other, all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul—can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body, and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.

We are all acquainted with the loathsome consequences of living for the body and denying both mind and soul, and we see that real life means the complete expression of all that man can give forth through body, mind, and soul. Whatever he can say, no man can be really happy or satisfied unless his body is living fully in every function, and unless the same is true of his mind and his soul. Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, or function not performed, there is unsatisfied desire. Desire is possibility seeking expression, or function seeking performance.

Man cannot live fully in body without good food, comfortable clothing, and warm shelter, and without freedom from excessive toil. Rest and recreation are also necessary to his physical life.

He cannot live fully in mind without books and time to study them, without opportunity for travel and observation, or without intellectual companionship. To live fully in mind he must have intellectual recreations, and must surround himself with all the objects of art and beauty he is capable of using and appreciating.

To live fully in soul, man must have love, and love is denied expression by poverty.

A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves, love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The man who has nothing to give cannot fill his place as a husband or father, as a citizen, or as a man. It is in the use of material things that a man finds full life for his body, develops his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of supreme importance to him that he should be rich.

It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich, if you are a normal man or woman you cannot help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies. If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God and humanity, for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.

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Table of Contents

I. The Right to Be Rich
II. There is a Science of Getting Rich
III. Is Opportunity Monopolized?
IV. The First Principle in the Science of Getting Rich
V. Increasing Life
VI. How Riches Come to You
VII. Gratitude
VIII. Thinking in the Certain Way
IX. How to Use the Will
X. Further Use of the Will
XI. Acting in the Certain Way
XII. Efficient Action
XIII. Getting into the Right Business
XIV. The Impression of Increase
XV. The Advancing Man
XVI. Some Cautions, and Concluding Observations
XVII. Summary of the Science of Getting Rich
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    The Growing mind, body and soul.

    The book "The Science of getting Rich" is one of the best book I have ever read. This book will interest no matter who you are. It will guide those who searches for understanding and development in their life. This book is about getting back you true passion for living the abudant that God said through the mouth of Jesus that he will prepare mansions in heaven for us. Now remember cause as you read this book and fallow the laws you will find your inner self growing faithfully and yor lifestyle changing greatly. So see ya later Friends and I pray that everything in this book may spread to the mind and heart of all humans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Original Thinking and Much Sound Advice

    This is the original edition of Wallace Wattle's book which has been out of print for quite some time now. There have been, and still are, available a number of edited and revised versions. But when I want to know what an author has to say, I want to read his words and not someone else's. Wattles in his book is quite direct in his message, he states at one point that the book is for those who want to get rich first, and philosophize afterwards. But he makes also clear that there are some things related to the process of getting rich. Besides explaining how to use willpower to achieve the goal of getting rich, Wattles has some remarkable and original things to say about personal growth (which he calls 'the increase of life'), about the value of things and of the necessity of creating instead of competing. Wattles grounds everything in the book on the oriental philosophies that there is 'One Thinking Substance' from which everything in the universe originates, and he tells the reader that only by accepting this statement on faith can the science of getting rich be successfully applied. However I found out otherwise. Wattles' central idea, that you have to create instead of compete in order to get rich has made a lasting impression on me, though I cannot claim that I were a believer in the One Substance. So do not be put off by the somewhat esoteric concept that Wattles uses as background for his science. You will find many original ideas about the creation of value, personal growth and of course about getting rich, what the book is ultimately about. As I said above, get this version of the book, and not one of the revised editions. Wattles writes, for example, in the original about getting into the railway business. This has in one edition I own been changed to, I think, bio-technology or something like that, which does not add to understanding at all. I am intelligent enough to mentally transfer any outdated examples on my own. Also in that revised edition the editor tried to somewhat modernize Wattles writing, which is at times a bit old-fashioned. But you know my opinion, I think this does much more harm than good, and may convey some meaning that the author had never in mind. I am giving this book 5 stars because in it is much original thinking, and in spite of its brevity there is a lot to be learned from it. Instead of spending money on the many personal finance books out there, try this one first. I recommend you read through it once in one go, which will probably take about three hours or so. Then lay the book aside, and after a couple of days start reading the chapters more thoroughly, with enough time in between to ponder the message. It may well be that you will not have to buy any other 'how to get rich' book after that. I think that Wattles says in this book all about how to do so.

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