"Talk less and realize more"

Abraham Lincoln's brief address at Gettysburg is remembered because of the nobility of his words and because these few words reflected the sincerity and honesty of his life. The lengthy address of the other speaker at Gettysburg is rarely remembered today.

Irving C. Tomlinson quotes Mrs. Eddy as saying to her household: "I want you all to talk less and realize more. The devil gets after us when we talk, but he is foiled when we demonstrate the truth. A musician might talk harmony tones and semi-tones, but when I asked him to play, suppose he failed? His words would only emphasize his failure. Don't discourage me by talking so much." Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, p. 205;

It is the realization of Truth, not verbosity, that heals. Talking superficially about Christian Science, the law of God, is not necessarily demonstrating this Science; and unless the truths of Christian Science are being understood, our words are vain. Christ Jesus saw the futility of many empty words. He said, "When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matt. 6:7;

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