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FROM THE ESTATE OF
The Compiler's thanks are due Messrs. HARPER & BROTHERS for their permission to draw from The Life and Letters of George Eliot," edited by her husband, Mr. J. W. CROSS; also, to Messrs. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & Co., for the right to use what was found necessary in Emerson's Works.
COPYRIGHT IN 1899 BY JEANNE G. PENNINGTON.
I am persuaded that many men and women now interested in the varying phases of mind culture and psychic development can find substantial aid in books already in their own libraries; also, that these books, if rightly approached, will give emphasis and potency to frequent assertions made by the various teachers in this city and elsewhere.
The eagerness with which the hungry of soul hasten to these class-rooms the moment the doors are thrown open, impels me to proffer certain paragraphs from four masters whose works are accessible to us all,Epictetus, Emerson, George Eliot, Robert Browning.
To some students a detached thought is often the portal through which they enter the temple of an author's mind, by them hitherto unstudied; it comes as a revelation,
and offers a new region to be explored, another phase of the truth to be investigated.
Somewhere in the long line of those now interested in the "Don't Worry" and kindred movements, may these words, which I have copied out almost at random from long-used and well-beloved books, find a welcome, and invite the mind they arrest to study for itself these great teachers who have given us of their best.
After having looked deeply into human life and the greater life which enfolds it; after having shared our common experiences, I have found self-evident testimony that, wherever their several philosophies may have begun in this chapter of existence, they gradually rounded themselves into this :
Be strong! Be courageous! Be fearless! Above all, be tender and compassionate, and realize that within yourself alone can you find your sanctuary of Peace.
Unanimously, though by differing methods
In pulses stirred to generosity,
In deeds of daily rectitude, in scorn
For miserable aims that end with self,
In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like
New York City.
And with their mild persistence urge man's search
To vaster issues.".
While primarily offered to those already drawn to the " movement" denoted by our title, it is hoped that this little compilation may be found attractive to "the general reader." And if it allure any to avail of the generous stores of the authors quoted, the compiler's deepest wish will be gratified.
JEANNE G. Pennington.