We often use words, putting upon them a wrong construction,
and think that a person is bound to believe what we say because we say it.

~  Phineas P. Quimby
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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

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Dr. Phineas P. Quimby
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WRONG USE OF WORDS

March 1860

We often use words, putting upon them a wrong construction, and think that a person is bound to believe what we say because we say it.

For instance, you often hear a scientific person make this assertion - that there is no such thing as weight, that weight is attraction - that its true scientific explanation is attraction.

Now this is easy to say, but hard to prove when we admit that a fifty-six pounder is heavier than a block of wood of the same size. When we ask what the difference is, we are told that it is attraction - that there is no such thing as weight.

So you see you cannot convince a man of what does not come within his senses, and he will not believe it because someone says so.


Neither party is right - and both are nearly right.

If you place the two weights in an exhausted receiver, they will both fall at the same time. This proves attraction.

Take them into the open air, and then the iron weight will fall the faster. Now is it attraction - or must you introduce another word?

Why do they not fall in the same time as in the receiver?

Because they have to fall through a medium called atmosphere or air. This medium is more dense near the earth, but as it recedes from the earth, it becomes less dense, and bodies are weighed or measured in this medium.

So attraction is of no use except to show that all things have a tendency towards the earth. To suppose that the attraction is in the thing attracted is wrong, and so is the idea that the weight is in the matter attracted.

The word "weight" is the name of matter that is in motion, for when there is no motion, it is called pressure. Weight in motion makes mechanical power, and as velocity increases, weight diminishes until weight is lost in velocity; then the whole is under the law of attraction.


Now as the human body is matter and mind is weight, the natural man knows no law of attraction any more than the metal knows of the attraction that governs it.

The law (or science) that governs man is as much in the dark to the natural man as attraction is to weight. Attraction knows weight is ignorance. As the mind is like the weight and the soul (or truth) is like the attraction - as we gain in knowledge, we lose in mind (or ignorance).

So as perfect velocity casts out weight, perfect knowledge casts out mind (or ignorance), and truth reigns in all.

God is the attraction of both.

Ignorance - like the brute - sees no higher law than itself; therefore the ignorant act in accordance with their belief.

Man - who is a little above the brute - has discovered that there is a law of attraction, and that same knowledge sees in man a higher and more intelligent law of knowledge that the natural man knows nothing of.

This teaches man that as he loses in ignorance by embracing the truth, he leaves this world of error and takes truth for ignorance.

So as he learns science, he disregards error till all error is swallowed up in truth.

Then one shall not say to another, "Know you the truth," but all shall know it from the least to the greatest.

Then disease shall be destroyed and truth shall reign all in all.



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