Mary Baker Eddy Quotes

Mary Baker Eddy (1821 - 1910)

Mary Baker Eddy about 1850 and 1879
Mary Baker Eddy about 1850 and 1879. 1850: Archive Photos/Getty Images. 1879: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, is considered the founder of the Christian Science religious faith. She also founded the newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor.

Selected Mary Baker Eddy Quotations

• To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart - this is the sanity and perfection of living.

• The age looks steadily to the redressing of wrong, to the righting of every form of error and injustice; and a tireless and prying philanthropy, which is almost omniscient, is one of the most hopeful characteristics of the time.

• True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection.

• Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind.

• We classify disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal.

• Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.

• Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.

• Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.

• The time for thinkers has come.

• Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already done; but distrust of one's ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one's wings and ensures failure at the outset.

• A scientific mental method is more sanitary than the use of drugs, and such a mental method produces permanent health.

• If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes an accident.

• As mortals, we need to discern the claims of evil, and to fight these claims, not as realities, but as illusions; but Deity can have no such warfare against Himself.

• It seems a great evil to belie and belittle Christian Science, and persecute a Cause which is healing its thousands and rapidly diminishing the percentage of sin. But reduce this evil to its lowest terms, nothing, and slander 33loses its power to harm; for even the wrath of man shall praise Him.

• Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer.

• Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.

• Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.

• Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin.

• Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

• I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art.

• Reject hatred without hating.

• God is infinite. He is neither a limited mind nor a limited body. God is Love; and Love is Principle, not person.

• Truth is immortal; error is mortal.

• As mortals, we need to discern the claims of evil, and to fight these claims, not as realities, but as illusions; but Deity can have no such warfare against Himself.

• Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

• With armor on, I continue the march, command and countermand; meantime interluding with loving thought this afterpiece of battle. Supported, cheered, I take my pen and pruning-hook, to “learn war no more,” and with strong wing to lift my readers above the smoke of conflict into light and liberty.

Mark Twain on Mary Baker Eddy

Mark Twain was, as this quote shows, highly skeptical of Mary Baker Eddy and her ideas.

• There isn't anything so grotesque or so incredible that the average human being can't believe it. At this very day there are thousands upon thousands of Americans of average intelligence who fully believe in "Science and Health," although they can't understand a line of it, and who also worship the sordid and ignorant old purloiner of that gospel -- Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, who they do absolutely believe to be a member, by adoption, of the Holy Family, and on the way to push the Savior to third place and assume occupancy of His present place, and continue that occupancy during the rest of eternity.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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