| Largely speaking, I have read acres of
what purported to be Mrs. Eddy's writings, in the past two months. I cannot
know, but I am convinced, that the circumstantial evidence shows that her
actual share in the work of composing and phrasing these things was so slight
as to be inconsequential. Where she puts her literary foot down, her trail
across her paid polisher's page is as plain as the elephant's in a Sunday-school
procession. Her verbal output, when left undoctored by her clerks, is quite
- Christian Science
There isn't anything so grotesque or so incredible that the average human being
can't believe it. At this very day there are thousands upon thousands of Americans
of average intelligence who fully believe in "Science and Health,"
although they can't understand a line of it, and who also worship the sordid
and ignorant old purloiner of that gospel -- Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, who they
do absolutely believe to be a member, by adoption, of the Holy Family, and on
the way to push the Savior to third place and assume occupancy of His present
place, and continue that occupancy during the rest of eternity.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013), p. 136. Dictated 22 June 1906.
Mary Baker Eddy gravesite monument at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
courtesy of Kevin and Pegge Bochynski.
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