Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon
the improvement of moments more than upon any other
one thing.  A great amount of time is consumed in talking
nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one
should do.  If one would be successful in the future, let
him make the most of the present.
   Three ways of wasting time, one of which is contemptible,
are gossiping mischief, making lingering calls,
and mere motion when at work, thinking of nothing or
planning for some amusement, - travel of limb more
than mind.  Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing
   All successful individuals have become such by hard
work; by improving moments before they pass into hours,
and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit
of pleasure.  They spend no time in sheer idleness, in
talking when they have nothing to say, in building air-castles
or floating off on the wings of sense:  all of which
drop human life into the ditch of nonsense, and worse
than waste its years.

       "Let us, then, be up and doing,
         With a heart for any fate;
       Still achieving, still pursuing,
         Learn to labor and to wait."

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