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80 Thoughtful Quotes By Mary Baker Eddy

Famous As: Religious Leader
Born On: July 16, 1821
Died On: December 3, 1910
Born In: Bow, New Hampshire, United States
Died At Age: 89

Unanimously proclaimed as the ‘mother of Christian Science’, Mary Baker Eddy was the prime mover of the Christian religion movement in the latter half of the 19th century in the Unites States. Her work ‘Science and Health’ redefined the relationship between spiritualism and healing methods. Through her theological study in this book, she tried to ascertain the fact that ailment is mere state of belief which must be annihilated by the understanding of the divine mind. Few passages from her book found its place in Sunday morning prayer along with the Bible. Science and Health has been inducted into the list of "75 Books By Women Whose Words Have Changed The World" by the Women's National Book Association. Having said that, her work received severe backlash due to the ideas she propagated. Even Mark Twain in his publication of Christian Science satirically criticized the ideologies of Mary Baker Eddy. In spite of the criticism, she developed a large following due to her thoughts and sayings which emphasized on affection, spirituality and self-righteousness. Here is a collection of some notable quotes by Mary Baker Eddy.

When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.

When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.

Mary Baker Eddy
Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need.

Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need.

Mary Baker Eddy

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, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.

Mary Baker Eddy
Love inspires, illummines, designates and leads the way.

Love inspires, illummines, designates and leads the way.

Mary Baker Eddy
I will love, if another hates. I will gain a balance on the side of 
 good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of 
 God wherewith to overcome all error.

I will love, if another hates. I will gain a balance on the side of good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of God wherewith to overcome all error.

Mary Baker Eddy
Your birthday is a special day, May it bring you love and cheer It gives a chance for me to say, Happy birthday every year

Your birthday is a special day, May it bring you love and cheer It gives a chance for me to say, Happy birthday every year

Mary Baker Eddy
The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith.

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith.

Mary Baker Eddy
Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
No power can withstand divine Love.

No power can withstand divine Love.

Mary Baker Eddy
Jealousy is the grave of affection

Jealousy is the grave of affection

Mary Baker Eddy

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.

Mary Baker Eddy
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.

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.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.

We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.

Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Disease is an experience of mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Divine Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes a sense of moral or mental in-harmony.

Disease is an experience of mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Divine Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes a sense of moral or mental in-harmony.

Mary Baker Eddy
To live and let live, without clamor 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, and my human ideal.

To live and let live, without clamor 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, and my human ideal.

Mary Baker Eddy
The time for thinkers has come.

The time for thinkers has come.

Mary Baker Eddy
The lives of great men and women are miracles of patience and perseverance.

The lives of great men and women are miracles of patience and perseverance.

Mary Baker Eddy
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.

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.

Mary Baker Eddy
Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for.

Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for.

Mary Baker Eddy
Reject hatred without hating.

Reject hatred without hating.

Mary Baker Eddy
Drugs, cataplasms, and whiskey are stupid substitutes for the dignity and potency of divine mind and its efficacy to heal.

Drugs, cataplasms, and whiskey are stupid substitutes for the dignity and potency of divine mind and its efficacy to heal.

Mary Baker Eddy
What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

Mary Baker Eddy
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.

Mary Baker Eddy
Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars ...

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

Mary Baker Eddy

If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good and will stand forever. If the transgression of God's law produces sickness, it is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could, annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The remedy is Truth, not matter,--the truth that disease is unreal.

Mary Baker Eddy
Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours.

Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours.

Mary Baker Eddy
Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.

Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.

Mary Baker Eddy
Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.

Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.

Mary Baker Eddy
Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love.

Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind.

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

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Matter and death are mortal illusions.

Matter and death are mortal illusions.

Mary Baker Eddy
Truth is immortal; error is mortal.

Truth is immortal; error is mortal.

Mary Baker Eddy
God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break down the dream of the material senses.

To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break down the dream of the material senses.

Mary Baker Eddy
Two points of danger beset mankind; namely, making sin seem either too large or too little ...

Two points of danger beset mankind; namely, making sin seem either too large or too little ...

Mary Baker Eddy
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

Mary Baker Eddy
When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.

When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.

Mary Baker Eddy
Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections.

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

Mary Baker Eddy

Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.

Mary Baker Eddy
God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect.

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

Mary Baker Eddy
To infinite, ever present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin sickness, nor death.

To infinite, ever present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin sickness, nor death.

Mary Baker Eddy
In the midst of depressing care and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance, and find rest.

In the midst of depressing care and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance, and find rest.

Mary Baker Eddy

God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.

You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.

Mary Baker Eddy
The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air.

The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air.

Mary Baker Eddy
Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

Mary Baker Eddy
Complaint is poverty.

Complaint is poverty.

Mary Baker Eddy
Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love.

Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.

Mary Baker Eddy

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.

Mary Baker Eddy
The human sigh for peace and love is answered and compensated by divine love.

The human sigh for peace and love is answered and compensated by divine love.

Mary Baker Eddy
Women must think strategically about creating ongoing pressure for change.

Women must think strategically about creating ongoing pressure for change.

Mary Baker Eddy
All my work, all my efforts, all my prayers and tears are for humanity, and the spread of peace and love among mankind.

All my work, all my efforts, all my prayers and tears are for humanity, and the spread of peace and love among mankind.

Mary Baker Eddy
If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. It is but a blind force.

If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. It is but a blind force.

Mary Baker Eddy
God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, life, Truth, Love.

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

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy

This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.

Mary Baker Eddy

There should be painless progression, attended by life and peace....Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God....Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony and as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality. Chapter VII pp. 224 and 228 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Mary Baker Eddy
Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, - our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.

Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, - our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
Ideas are spiritual, harmonious and eternal

Ideas are spiritual, harmonious and eternal

Mary Baker Eddy
Literary commercialism is lowering the intellectual standard to accommodate the purse and to meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of for improvement.

Literary commercialism is lowering the intellectual standard to accommodate the purse and to meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of for improvement.

Mary Baker Eddy
We should master fear, instead of cultivating it.

We should master fear, instead of cultivating it.

Mary Baker Eddy
The theory of three person in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM. ... Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God.

The theory of three person in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM. ... Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God.

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

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

Mary Baker Eddy
There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage.

There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage.

Mary Baker Eddy
There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind, and its infinite manifestation, for God is All in All. Spirit is immortal Truth; Matter is mortal error

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind, and its infinite manifestation, for God is All in All. Spirit is immortal Truth; Matter is mortal error

Mary Baker Eddy

A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.

Mary Baker Eddy
Truth has no beginning.

Truth has no beginning.

Mary Baker Eddy
I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth’s appearing.

I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth’s appearing.

Mary Baker Eddy

The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, it is a human concept. Matter is an error of statement. This error in the premise leads to errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters. Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.

Mary Baker Eddy