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

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       To give the lips full speech.

       "Think truly, and thy thoughts
       Shall the world's famine feed;
       Speak truly, and each word of thine
       Shall be a fruitful seed;
       Live truly, and thy life shall be
       A great and noble creed."

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   If people would confine their talk to subjects that are
profitable, that which St. John informs us took place
once in heaven, would happen very frequently on earth,
- silence for the space of half an hour.
   Experience is victor, never the vanquished; and out
of defeat comes the secret of victory.  That to-morrow
starts from to-day and is one day beyond it, robes the
future with hope's rainbow hues.
   In the battle of life, good is made more industrious
and persistent because of the supposed activity of evil.
The elbowing of the crowd plants our feet more firmly.
In the mental collisions of mortals and the strain of intellectual
wrestlings, moral tension is tested, and, if it
yields not, grows stronger.  The past admonishes us:
with finger grim and cold it points to every mortal mistake;
or smiling saith, "Thou hast been faithful over a few
   Art thou a child, and hast added one furrow to the
brow of care?  Art thou a husband, and hast pierced
the heart venturing its all of happiness to thy keeping?
Art thou a wife, and hast bowed the o'erburdened head
of thy husband?  Hast thou a friend, and forgettest to be
grateful?  Remember, that for all this thou alone canst
and must atone.  Carelessly or remorselessly thou mayest
have sent along the ocean of events a wave that will some
time flood thy memory, surge dolefully at the door of conscience,
and pour forth the unavailing tear.
   Change and the grave may part us; the wisdom that
might have blessed the past may come too late.  One

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backward step, one relinquishment of right in an evil
hour, one faithless tarrying, has torn the laurel from many
a brow and repose from many a heart.  Good is never
the reward of evil, and vice versa.
   There is no excellence without labor; and the time to
work, is now.  Only by persistent, unremitting, straightforward
toil; by turning neither to the right nor to the
left, seeking no other pursuit or pleasure than that which
cometh from God, can you win and wear the crown of the
   That law-school is not at fault which sends forth a
barrister who never brings out a brief.  Why?  Because
he followed agriculture instead of litigation, forsook
Blackstone for gray stone, dug into soils instead of delving
into suits, raised potatoes instead of pleas, and drew
up logs instead of leases.  He has not been faithful over
a few things.
   Is a musician made by his teacher?  He makes himself
a musician by practising what he was taught.  The
conscientious are successful.  They follow faithfully;
through evil or through good report, they work on to the
achievement of good; by patience, they inherit the
promise.  Be active, and, however slow, thy success is sure:
toil is triumph; and - thou hast been faithful over a few
   The lives of great men and women are miracles of patience
and perseverance.  Every luminary in the constellation
of human greatness, like the stars, comes out in
the darkness to shine with the reflected light of God.
   Material philosophy, human ethics, scholastic theology,

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