Wallace Wattles’ Ideas Of Greatness – Part 1

The following are some of the quotes from the Wallace Wattles’ classic – “The Secrets Of Genius”. They had a profound impact on me when I went through the process of studying his works. I am sure at least one or two of the following quotes will have a similar effect on you too. So, don’t just read the quotes and move on. Read them, let think sink and seep into your soul, and THINK. Let your intuition guide you from there.


Man is formed for growth, and he is under the necessity of growing. It is essential to his happiness that he should continuously advance. Life without progress becomes unendurable, and the person who ceases from growth must either become imbecile or insane. The greater and more harmonious and well rounded his growth, the happier man will be.

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There are two mental attitudes a man may take. One makes him like a football. It has resilience and reacts strongly when force is applied to it, but it originates nothing; it never acts of itself. There is no power within it. Men of this type are controlled by circumstances and environment; their destinies are decided by things external to themselves. The Principle of Power within them is never really active at all. They never speak or act from within.
The other attitude makes a man like a flowing spring. Power comes out from the center of him. He has within him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. He radiates force; he is felt by his environment. The Principle of Power in him is in constant action. He is self-active. He hath life in himself.


When you fix upon some ideal and proceed as hereinafter directed, all the power of your being is turned into the faculties required in the realization of that ideal; more blood and nerve force go to the corresponding sections of the brain, and the cells are quickened, increased, and multiplied in number. The proper use of the mind of man will build a brain capable of doing what the mind wants to do.

The power which is in you is in the things around you, and when you begin to move forward, the things will arrange themselves for your advantage. No sooner does a man awaken his soul and enter on the advancing way than he finds that not only is God for him, but nature, society, and his fellow men are for him also; and all things work together for his good if he obeys the law.


Wisdom is the power to perceive the best ends to aim at and the best means for reaching those ends. It is the power to perceive the right thing to do. The man who is wise enough to know the right thing to do, who is good enough to wish to do only the right thing, and who is able and strong enough to do the right thing is a truly great man. He will instantly become marked as a personality of power in any community and men will delight to do him honor.


You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by such mental states, and those who are in them cannot read the thoughts of God.


Sound your inner consciousness now for the motives which actuate you and make sure they are right. You must cast out lust, and cease to be ruled by appetite, and you must begin to govern appetite. You must eat only to satisfy hunger, never for gluttonous pleasure, and in all things you must make the flesh obey the spirit. You must lay aside the greed; have no unworthy motive in your desire to become rich and powerful. It is legitimate and right to desire riches, but not if you desire them for the lusts of the flesh.

The struggle for power over others is the battle of the competitive world, and you must rise above that world and its motives and aspirations and seek only for life. Cast out envy; you can have all that you want, and you need not envy any man what he has. Above all things, see to it that you do not hold malice or enmity toward any one; to do so cuts you off from the mind whose treasures you seek to make your own. Lay aside all narrow personal ambition and determine to seek the highest good and to be swayed by no unworthy selfishness.


The distinguishing characteristic of all really great men and women is an unwavering faith. Faith – not a faith in one’s self or in one’s own powers but faith in principle; in the Something Great which upholds right, and which may be relied upon to give us the victory in due time. Without this faith, it is not possible for anyone to rise to real greatness. The man who has no faith in principle will always be a small man.


All is right with the world. There is nothing wrong with anything or anybody. There is nothing wrong with nature. Nature is a great advancing presence, working beneficently for the happiness of all. She is not complete, for the creation is still unfinished, but she is going on to give to man even more bountifully than she has given to him in the past. So of human society and government. Though there are trusts and combinations of capital and strikes and lockouts and so on, all these things are a part of the forward movement. They are incidental to the evolutionary process of completing society. This is the best possible world for the stage of development man has reached. You can work to complete an unfinished society, instead of to renovate a decaying one, and you can work with a better heart and a more hopeful spirit.

Check out the Part – 2 of this two part series.

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