Wallace D. Wattles was an American author and a pioneer success
His most famous work is a book called The Science of Getting
Rich in which he explains how to get rich.
He personally “tested” the principles he describes in his book
and they worked, as although he had lived most of his life in
poverty, in his later years became rich.
Other books by Wallace include Health Through New Thought and
Fasting, The Science of Being Great, The Science of Being Well,
Making of the Man Who Can and a novel, Hellfire Harrison.
Little is known about Wattles’ life.
He was born in the USA shortly before the civil war, and
experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in life he
took to studying the various religious beliefs and philosophies
of the world including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Gottfried
Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
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
Wattles has been the author of numerous works as a part of the
New Thought movement of the early 20th century.
Health Through New Thought and Fasting by Wallace D. Wattles,
This contribution by Wattles discusses beliefs in the movement
about healthy living through both mental and physical means.