Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Dr. Phineas P. Quimby

Science or Love
The Road to Wisdom


We all have an influence over each other - and if we know how to direct it, the effect will be just what we want. But if we are guided by a belief, the effect will be just what we do not want, when our belief is governed by fear; for our fear affects a person, instead of our belief.

For instance, a person wishes to influence a friend. If he is afraid that he will not have the influence he wishes, his fear - and not his desire - will affect his friend. Therefore, it is necessary that man should know himself; for every person is a machine, governed by the owner - or someone else. When controlled by wisdom, it cannot go wrong; for error is not wise, while wisdom is an element of itself. And if our senses are in that - all is right; but if they are in error, discord and misery follow.

To make it understood how we all stand towards each other, I will again compare this wisdom, which is an element in common to music. Every person possessing it enjoys the pleasure that flows from a knowledge of it. This represents perfect love, out of matter. It is harmony, without any other character. It is something outside of every other feeling, having its whole happiness in the development of mind; therefore it acts upon man, but ignorance takes it for passion.

Thus misconstrued and unappreciated, it becomes timid. Here is where a great mistake is made. The man that is a little above the brute knows no love superior or separate from the brute; while there is a love that does not contain a particle of the animal - the love of the beautiful and wise. This is not appreciated by man; and when it comes to him to lead him to a higher state, it is met by the brutal element and a belief formed that it is passion. This cold reception causes a discord and chills the element that flows from the purest fountain. The mistake lies in the false idea of love.

Man - being progressive - is not always to remain a brute. His reason must elevate him from the brutal element and lead him to see and feel that the purest love that one can have for another contains no passion, nor any of the brutal element. But man began to reason before he came out from the brute and judged the world by his own standard. Therefore, to the impure, nothing is pure. But those who have passed from the error of matter to that of love - on which everything lives - can see how it may be misrepresented.

The love of parents contains nothing spurious (or animal); but let the parent and child be deceived into a belief that they are strangers, and then their love is changed. Again, let one know of his relation to the other, and he, in his wisdom, discards the error of belief; while the other is still under his brutal belief. Where then is the brutal element? In the love or in the belief? I answer, “In the belief.” Let all persons know this, and they will understand themselves; and knowing the animal element in the male and female, will know their position and safety; then they will subdue the animal element, and lead man into a higher wisdom.

I say it without fear - that religious creeds are based upon this low order of animal intelligence; but as the brutal element is pure, the effect of the belief depends on the intelligence of the person in whom the animal prevails over science. The reformation of Jesus was intended to separate man from the brutal element, that he might rise into that state where ignorance would not enter. This wisdom, then, will be a light to lead man out of the dark and give him power over all unclean ideas; and he will become a teacher to those in darkness, in whom the light will spring up.

This is the light that Paul saw when the scale fell from his eyes. When wisdom becomes common, everyone will use it to draw his friend out of this world into science. It may be asked if this will not break family ties and destroy marriage contracts. Not at all - for these contracts will be carried into eternal wisdom. Whereas they are now made till death, they will then be made for eternity.

But,” says one, “If I have got to live with my husband (or my wife) to all eternity - I shall not believe this doctrine!”

Let me explain. No two persons are together unless they are agreed; therefore man and wife are not necessarily together - but most frequently are separate and trying to come together; for as I have said, when two persons agree on one thing, they are together. The difficulty in cases where persons think they are not matched lies in the mutual misunderstanding of the parties. One wants to lead (or instruct) the other - or the one most advanced in wisdom wants the other to share his happiness, while the other knows no happiness outside of this world and cannot see beyond matter. Therefore this party wishes to control the higher. The higher, being capable of receiving the lower reason - it becomes deceived by opinions. And under this error, it mingles with the lower element, and both sink below their level - and misery is the result. But cultivate the scientific life, and the lower will become subject to the higher.


When two individuals
set out on the road to wisdom,
they will develop each other,
and their happiness will be one.

Then labor will be not greater
than to gather gold without much toil;
for this science opens such a field to the traveler
that he cares not to eat or sleep;
but finds his happiness in investigating the regions
that lay open before him.

He who enters this country must have a partner;
for the whole interest lies in overcoming opposition
and developing each other.

To be alone in wisdom
is like being alone on an island
with no prospect of collecting jewels.

That which gives me the most satisfaction
is to develop a mind capable of development.

It is like learning music -
there is an interest that gives the operator
the greatest happiness.

This science is inexhaustible -
and the more you have... the more you want...

and you will find this continually exciting you.





Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby



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