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From the May 1924 issue of The Christian Science Journal

NOTHING better illustrates the vacillating tendencies of human nature than its readiness to make good resolutions and its pitiable failure to keep them. One of the reasons for this lack of stability is the disposition on the part of the individual to congratulate himself upon his high purpose, oftentimes to the extent of shouting it from the housetops, instead of quietly availing himself of the means which God places at his disposal for making the purpose an accomplished fact.