Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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A door that seems to stand open must be of a man's size, or it is not the door that providence means for him. Henry Ward Beecher

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obey them. Henry Ward Beecher

Take all the robes of all the good judges that have ever lived on the face of the earth, and they would not be large enough to cover the iniquity of one corrupt judge. Henry Ward Beecher

I received a letter from a lad asking me for an easy berth. To this I replied: You cannot be an editor; do not try the law; do not think of the ministry; let alone all ships and merchandise; abhor politics; don't practice medicine; be not a farmer or a soldier or a sailor; don't study, don't think. None of these are easy. O, my son, you have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave! Henry Ward Beecher

Your greatest pleasure is that which rebounds from hearts that you have made glad. Henry Ward Beecher

The man who perceives life only with his eye, his ear, his hand, and his tongue, is but little higher than the ox or an intelligent dog; but he who has imagination sees things around and above him, as the angels see them. Henry Ward Beecher

No one can deal with the hearts of men unless he has the sympathy which is given by love. Henry Ward Beecher

As plants take hold, not for the sake of staying, but only that they may climb higher, so it is with men. By every part of our nature we clasp things above us, one after another, not for the sake of remaining where we take hold, but that we may go higher. Henry Ward Beecher

There are apartments in the soul which have a glorious outlook; from whose windows you can see across the river of death, and into the shining city beyond; but how often are these neglected for the lower ones, which have earthward-looking windows. Henry Ward Beecher

If you have only two or three things that you can enjoy and they are things which time and decay may remove from you, what are you going to do in old age? Henry Ward Beecher

A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty. Henry Ward Beecher

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door. Henry Ward Beecher

No man rides so high and in such good company as the man that allies himself to a truth. Henry Ward Beecher

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week. Henry Ward Beecher

Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry. If he has charged you with anything, you had better look it up. Henry Ward Beecher

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. We should live for the future, and yet should find our life in the fidelities of the present; the last is only the method of the first. Henry Ward Beecher

Going out into life - that is dying. Christ is the door out of life. Henry Ward Beecher

Every child walks into existence through the golden gate of love. Henry Ward Beecher

Let the day have a blessed baptism by giving your first waking thoughts into the bosom of God. The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. Henry Ward Beecher

Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time. Henry Ward Beecher

If you attempt to beat a man down and to get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary, as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. There is cheating on both sides of the counter and generally less behind it than before it. Henry Ward Beecher

October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors. Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the true metempsychosis, - they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep. Henry Ward Beecher

A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society needs another Christ to die for it. Henry Ward Beecher

Let it ever be the most joyful and praiseful day of the seven. Henry Ward Beecher

Of all earthly music that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart. Henry Ward Beecher

Adversity, if for no, other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. Men see clearer at such time. Storms purify the atmosphere. Henry Ward Beecher

The history of governments through the ages is a history red, nay, lurid. Law represents the effort of men to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty. Henry Ward Beecher

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange-tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, - swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air. Henry Ward Beecher

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher

Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered. Henry Ward Beecher

Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient. Henry Ward Beecher

There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing. Henry Ward Beecher

Death is not an end. It is a new impulse. Henry Ward Beecher

A bird in a cage is not half a bird. Henry Ward Beecher

It is not in the nature of true greatness to be exclusive and arrogant. Henry Ward Beecher

The great lever by which to raise and save the world is the unbounded love and mercy of God. Henry Ward Beecher

All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words. Henry Ward Beecher

Sophistry is the fallacy of argument. Henry Ward Beecher

It is a view of God that compensates every thing else, and enables the soul to rest in His bosom. How, when the child in the night screams with terror, hearing sounds that it knows not of, is that child comforted and put to rest? Is it by a philosophical explanation that the sounds were made by the rats in the partition? Is it by imparting entomological knowledge? No; it is by the mother taking the child in her lap, and singing sweetly to it, and rocking it. And the child thinks nothing of the explanation, but only of the mother. Henry Ward Beecher

The world is God's workshop for making men in. Henry Ward Beecher

The mere wit is only a human bauble. He is to life what bells are to horses-not expected to draw the load, but only to jingle while the horses draw. Henry Ward Beecher

There is nothing that a New-Englander so nearly worships as an argument. Henry Ward Beecher

The Negro is superior to the white race. If the latter do not forget their pride of race and color, and amalgamate with the purer and richer blood of the blacks, they will die out and wither away in unprolific skinniness. Henry Ward Beecher

Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook. Henry Ward Beecher

There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure. Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance. Henry Ward Beecher

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a But. Henry Ward Beecher

Where all of the man is what property he owns, it does not take long to annihilate him. Henry Ward Beecher

A person can no more make money suddenly and largely, and be unharmed by it, than one could suddenly grow from a child's stature to an adult's without harm. Henry Ward Beecher

It is a man dying with his harness on that angels love to escort upward. Henry Ward Beecher

The clearest window that ever was fashioned if it is barred by spiders' webs, and hung over with carcasses of insects, so that the sunlight has forgotten to find its way through, of what use can it be? Now, the Church is God's window; and if it is so obscured by errors that its light is darkness, how great is that darkness! Henry Ward Beecher

The meanest thing in the world is the devil. Henry Ward Beecher

Were one to ask me in which direction I think man strongest, I should say, his capacity to hate. Henry Ward Beecher

We pray for those who have ceased to pray. We pray for those that need prayer more than ever, that have fewer and fewer seasons even of thought, that grow hard with years, that are less and less troubled by sin, and that are more and more irreverent of religion. We pray for the children of Christian parents who sometimes weep at the memory of father and mother, but who never have thought of God. Henry Ward Beecher

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying. Henry Ward Beecher

There is a dew in one flower and not in another, because one opens in cup and takes it in, while the other closes itself, and the drops run off. God rains His goodness and mercy as widespread as the dew, and if we lack them, it is because we will not open our hearts to receive them. Henry Ward Beecher

God planted fear in the soul as truly as he planted hope and courage. It is a kind of bell or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance on the approach of danger. It is the soul's signal for rallying. Henry Ward Beecher

Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness.... Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty. Henry Ward Beecher

Oh, ye infidel philosophers, teach me how to find joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, and light in darkest days; how to bear buffeting and scorn; how to welcome death, and to pass through it into the sphere of life, and this not for me only, but for the whole world that groans and travails in pain; and till you can do this, speak not to me of a better revelation than the Bible. Henry Ward Beecher

He is the happiest man who is engaged in a business which tasks the most faculties of his mind. Henry Ward Beecher

There are joys which long to be ours Henry Ward Beecher

A door that seems to stand open must be a man's size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him. Henry Ward Beecher

Beauty is God's trademark in creation. Henry Ward Beecher

The Bible is the most betrashed book in the world. Coming to it through commentaries is much like looking at a landscape through garret windows, over which generations of unmolested spiders have spun their webs. Henry Ward Beecher

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. Henry Ward Beecher

Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence. Henry Ward Beecher

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, - as a compliment from God. Henry Ward Beecher

May we grow more and more like God and heaven, more gracious, helpful, and sweet-minded; and when at last Thou hast served Thyself by us, may we fall asleep in Jesus, and find it no sleep, but everlasting waking in Jesus. Henry Ward Beecher

If there's a job to be done, I always ask the busiest man in my parish to take it on and it gets done. Henry Ward Beecher



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