Florence Scovel Shinn

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A portrait of Florence Scovel Shinn

Florence Scovell Shinn (September 24, 1871October 17, 1940) was an American artist and book illustrator who became a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer. She published three books in her lifetime: The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925); Your Word is Your Wand (1928); and The Secret Door to Success (1940).


  • Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.
  • Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
    • In: Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn, (1989), p. 65
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  • Florence Scovel Shinn photograph Group picture of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts students 1894, showing Florence Scovel standing. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. Accessed May 2008