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1a safer guide than the promptings of human nature. To know that a deception dark as it is base has been

3practised upon thee, — by those deemed at least indebted friends whose welfare thou hast promoted, — and yet not to avenge thyself, is to do good to thyself; is to take

6a new standpoint whence to look upward; is to be calm amid excitement, just amid lawlessness, and pure amid corruption.

9To be a great man or woman, to have a name whose odor fills the world with its fragrance, is to bear with patience the buffetings of envy or malice — even while

12seeking to raise those barren natures to a capacity for a higher life. We should look with pitying eye on the momentary success of all villainies, on mad ambition

15and low revenge. This will bring us also to look on a kind, true, and just person, faithful to conscience and honest beyond reproach, as the only suitable fabric out

18of which to weave an existence fit for earth and heaven.

CONTAGION

21Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cog- nizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to

24mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the re- liability of its conclusions, we do what others do,

27believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

30People believe in infectious and contagious diseases,

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1and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state pre-

3pares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to con-

6tact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's.

9If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor's success, and

12the clergyman's conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction and faith in Mind over all other influences governing

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