The quote is from a short piece about not taking offence in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 (p.224):
“[We] should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, 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 of 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 charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God.
Nothing short of our own errors should offend us.”
Click here for the whole article, as published in The Christian Science Journal.
There has been some discussion over the years about the authorship of “Taking Offense”, and The Mary Baker Eddy Library has laid out all the known facts.
Lecture in Wright’s Lane, just off High Street Kensington
For Londoners ready to focus on some spiritual ideas, I will be giving my talk on “Mary Baker Eddy’s legacy: 150 years of practical spirituality” on January 12 at 7pm in the Reading Room of First Church of Christ, Scientist, London at 8 Wright’s Lane, W8 6TA.