Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Mary Baker Eddy

American Founder of Christian Science, a Protestant American system of religious thought and practice adopted by the Church of Christ

"God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind."

"Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind, nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health."

"Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind."

"The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible."

"Truth is immortal; error is mortal."

"In reality, man never dies."

"Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much."

"Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that which stemma to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth."

"How do drugs, hygiene, and animal magnetism heal? It may be affirmed that they do not heal, but only relieve suffering temporarily, exchanging one disease for another."

"Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause."

"The basis of all health, sinlessness, and immortality is the great fact that God is the only Mind; and this Mind must not merely believed, but it must be understood."

"Both sin and sickness are error, and Truth is their remedy."

"Jealousy is the grave of affection."

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

"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."

"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."

"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings."

"Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of Love."

"Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it."

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

"Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?"

"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."

"One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part. That God’s wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made."

"In describing what the Devil is, it says, "Evil; a lie; error; neither corporeality nor mind; the opposite of Truth; a belief in sin, sickness, and death; animal magnetism or hypnotism; the lust of the flesh, which saith: ‘I am life and intelligence in matter. There is more than one mind, for I am mind, - a wicked mind, self-made or created by a tribal god and put into the opposite of mind, termed matter, thence to reproduce a mortal universe, including man, not after the image and likeness of Spirit, but after its own image."

"Mind is the I AM, or infinity. Mind never enters the finite. . .but infinite Mind can never be in man . . .a portion of God could not enter man."

"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."

"Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionately to their occupancy of your thoughts."

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

"Every luminary in the constellation of human greatness, like the stars, comes out in the darkness to shine with the reflected light of God."

"Sacrifice self to bless one another, even as God has blessed you. Forget self in laboring for mankind."

"To love and to be loved, one must do good to others. The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others."

"A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal."

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

"Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless."

"Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life."

"Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical."

"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need."

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

"Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man,is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God."

"Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defense."

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

"For those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings."

"Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation."

"God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, life, Truth, Love."

"Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, but not the boundary, of the affections."

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

"God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect."

"Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars."

"If there had never existed such a person as the Galilean Prophet, it would make no difference to me."

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