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Wattle’s Book Part 1

Author’s Preface

This book is pragmatical, not philosophical – a practical
manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the
men and women whose most pressing need is for money,
who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for
those who want results and who are willing to take the conclu-
sions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the
processes by which those conclusions were reached.

It is expected that the reader will take the fundamental state-
ments upon faith, just as he would take statements concerning a
law of electrical action if they were promulgated by a Marconi
or an Edison, and, taking the statements upon faith, that he will
prove their truth by acting upon them without fear or hesitation.
Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich, for
the science herein applied is an exact science and failure is im-

In writing this book I have sacrificed all other considerations
to plainness and simplicity of style, so that all might understand.
The plan of action laid down herein was deduced from the con-
clusions of philosophy. It has been thoroughly tested, and bears
the supreme test of practical experiment: It works.

Wallace D. Wattles

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.

Chapter 1

The Right To Be Rich

Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains
that it is not possible to live a really complete or success-
ful life unless one is rich. No one 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 person develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of
things, and society is so organized that we must have money in
order to become the possessors of things. Therefore, the basis of
all advancement 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

A person’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 one ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of
using and enjoying more. The purpose of nature is the advance-
ment and unfoldment of life, and everyone should have all that
can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of
life. To be content with less is sinful.

to be continued…..


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