Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. Henry Ward Beecher

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. Henry Ward Beecher

The monkey is an organized sarcasm upon the human race. Henry Ward Beecher

True obedience is true freedom. Henry Ward Beecher

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed. Henry Ward Beecher

It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work; it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it. Henry Ward Beecher

Next to victory, there is nothing so sweet as defeat, if only the right adversary overcomes you. Henry Ward Beecher

Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people. Henry Ward Beecher

The head learns new things, but the heart forevermore practices old experiences. Henry Ward Beecher

The little troubles and worries of life may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a nobler character and to Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. Henry Ward Beecher

If we would have anything of benefit, we must earn it, and earning it become shrewd, inventive, ingenious, active, enterprising. Henry Ward Beecher

Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to be suggestions of that realm which is the home of the heart. Henry Ward Beecher

Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher

It is sometimes of God's mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane, - putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track. Henry Ward Beecher

Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve other from the duty of respecting them at all. Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot play the hypocrite before God; and to obtain pardon you must cease to sin, as well as to be exercised by a spirit of repentance. Henry Ward Beecher

Reason can tell how love affects us, but cannot tell what love is. Henry Ward Beecher

A man's religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious; if the Lord Jesus Christ is his schoolmaster, then he is Christianly religious. Henry Ward Beecher

God's sovereignty is not in His right hand; God's sovereignty is not in His intellect; God's sovereignty is in His love. Henry Ward Beecher

Your honors here may serve you for a time, as it were for an hour, but they will be of no use to you beyond this world. Nobody will have heard a word of your honors in the other life. Your glory, your shame, your ambitions, and all the treasures for which you push hard and sacrifice much will be like wreaths of smoke. For these things, which you mostly seek, and for which you spend your life only tarry with you while you are on this side of the flood. Henry Ward Beecher

There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those, who will. Henry Ward Beecher

A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah, what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life. Henry Ward Beecher

Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record. Henry Ward Beecher

Before men we stand as opaque bee-hives. They can see the thoughts go in and out of us; but what work they do inside of a man they cannot tell. Before God we are as glass bee-hives, and all that our thoughts are doing within us he perfectly sees and understands. Henry Ward Beecher

A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. Henry Ward Beecher

When a man says that he is perfect already, there is only one of two places for him, and that is heaven or the lunatic asylum. Henry Ward Beecher

God bless the good-natured, for they bless everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. Henry Ward Beecher

It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in. Henry Ward Beecher

The most miserable pettifogging in the world is that of a man in the court of his own consciences. Henry Ward Beecher

As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of wind or brush of bird, so the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving; and at the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is more just than justice. Henry Ward Beecher

The religion of Jesus Christ is not ascetic, nor sour, nor gloomy, nor circumscribing. It is full of sweetness in the present and in promise. Henry Ward Beecher

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself Henry Ward Beecher

Sometimes fear is wholesome and rational; it is well to swing fear as a mighty battle-axe over men's heads when no other motive will move them. Henry Ward Beecher

No man ever learned to love God with all his heart, and his neighbour as himself, in a day. Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. Henry Ward Beecher

Fear is a kind of bell... it is the soul's signal for rallying. Henry Ward Beecher

Humor is, however, nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes. Henry Ward Beecher

Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life. Henry Ward Beecher

There are a great many doors open; but a door must be of a man's size or it is not meant for him. Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hard put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Henry Ward Beecher

Our earthly loves are but so many silver steps leading us up to the great golden love of God. Henry Ward Beecher

Little lies are very dangerous, because there are so many of them, and because each one of them scours upon the character as diamond-pointed. Henry Ward Beecher

He that lives by the sight of the eye may grow blind. Henry Ward Beecher

Wealth held by a class and used ambitiously becomes as despotic as an absolute monarchy, and has in its hands manners, customs, laws, institutions, and governments themselves. Henry Ward Beecher

You have seen a ship out on the bay, swinging with the tide, and seeming as if it would follow it; and yet it cannot, for down beneath the water it is anchored. So many a soul sways toward heaven, but cannot ascend thither, because it is anchored to some secret sin. Henry Ward Beecher

Men who neglect Christ, and try to win heaven through moralities, are like sailors at sea in a storm, who pull, some at the bowsprit and some at the mainmast, but never touch the helm. Henry Ward Beecher

Many people are afraid to embrace religion, for fear they shall not succeed in maintaining it. Henry Ward Beecher

Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful. Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. Henry Ward Beecher

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas. Henry Ward Beecher

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles. Henry Ward Beecher

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty. Henry Ward Beecher

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next. Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is not the end of life: character is. Henry Ward Beecher

Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her eggs ...and then cackles. Henry Ward Beecher

In the morning, we carry the world like Atlas; at noon, we stoop and bend beneath it; and at night, it crushes us flat to the ground. Henry Ward Beecher

Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old-remembered joy. Henry Ward Beecher

Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man's obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard! Henry Ward Beecher

The tree is but a huge boquet. Henry Ward Beecher

He who olny does not appreciate floral beauty is to be pitied like any other man who is born inperfect. It is a misfortune not unlike blindness. Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility. Henry Ward Beecher

What if you have seen it before, ten thousand times over? An apple tree in full blossom is like a message, sent fresh from heaven to earth, of purity and beauty. Henry Ward Beecher

When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly - so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception. Henry Ward Beecher

Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it. Henry Ward Beecher

I read for three things; first, to know what the world has done the last twenty-four hours, and is about to do today; second, for the knowledge that I specially want in my work; and third, for what will bring my mind into a proper mood. Henry Ward Beecher

If a man has come to that point where he is no content that he says; I do not want to know any more, or do any more or be any more, he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy. Henry Ward Beecher

Badgered, snubbed and scolded on the one hand; petted, flattered and indulged on the other-it is astonishing how many children work their way up to an honest manhood in spite of parents and friends. Human nature has an element of great toughness in it. Henry Ward Beecher

Victories are easy and cheap. The only victories worth anything are those achieved through hard work and dedication. Henry Ward Beecher



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