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Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars, venturing on valor without discretion,

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1which is virtually meddlesomeness. Even your sincere and courageous convictions regarding what is best for

3others may be mistaken; you must be demonstratively right yourself, and work out the greatest good to the greatest number, before you are sure of being a fit coun-

6sellor. Positive and imperative thoughts should be dropped into the balances of God and weighed by spiritual Love, and not be found wanting, before being put into action.

9A rash conclusion that regards only one side of a ques- tion, is weak and wicked; this error works out the results of error. If the premise of mortal existence is wrong,

12any conclusion drawn therefrom is not absolutely right. Wisdom in human action begins with what is nearest right under the circumstances, and thence achieves the


Is marriage nearer right than celibacy?

Human knowledge inculcates that it is, while Science

18indicates that it is not. But to force the consciousness of scientific being before it is understood is impossible, and believing otherwise would prevent scientific demon-

21stration. To reckon the universal cost and gain, as well as thine own, is right in every state and stage of being. The selfish rôle of a martyr is the shift of a dishonest

24mind, nothing short of self-seeking; and real suffering would stop the farce.

The cause of temperance receives a strong impulse

27from the cause of Christian Science: temperance and truth are allies, and their cause prospers in proportion to the spirit of Love that nerves the struggle. People

30will differ in their opinions as to means to promote the ends of temperance; that is, abstinence from intoxicat- ing beverages. Whatever intoxicates a man, stultifies

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1and causes him to degenerate physically and morally. Strong drink is unquestionably an evil, and evil cannot

3be used temperately: its slightest use is abuse; hence the only temperance is total abstinence. Drunkenness is sensuality let loose, in whatever form it is made


What is evil? It is suppositional absence of good. From a human standpoint of good, mortals must first

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