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A courtier told Constantine that a mob had broken the head of his statue with stones. The emperor lifted

9his hands to his head, saying: "It is very surprising, but I don't feel hurt in the least."

We should remember that the world is wide; that there

12are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a differ- ent history, constitution, culture, character, from all the

15rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest

18expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction

21of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a

24charity broad enough to cover the whole world's evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — de- termined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor

27even when it is, unless the offense be against God.

Nothing short of our own errors should offend us. He who can wilfully attempt to injure another, is an object

30of pity rather than of resentment; while it is a question in my mind, whether there is enough of a flatterer, a fool, or a liar, to offend a whole-souled woman.

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At the residence of Mr. Rawson, of Arlington, Massa-

3chusetts, a happy concourse of friends had gathered to celebrate the eighty-second birthday of his mother — a friend of mine, and a Christian Scientist.

6Among the guests, were an orthodox clergyman, his wife and child.

In the course of the evening, conversation drifted to

9the seventh modern wonder, Christian Science; where- upon the mother, Mrs. Rawson, who had drunk at its fount, firmly bore testimony to the power of Christ, Truth,

12to heal the sick.

Soon after this conversation, the clergyman's son was taken violently ill. Then was the clergyman's

15opportunity to demand a proof of what the Christian Scientist had declared; and he said to this venerable Christian: —

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