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Henry Ward Beecher
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The world is God's workshop for making men in. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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There is nothing that a New-Englander so nearly worships as an argument. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Where all of the man is what property he owns, it does not take long to annihilate him. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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It is a man dying with his harness on that angels love to escort upward. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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The meanest thing in the world is the devil. Henry Ward Beecher
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Were one to ask me in which direction I think man strongest, I should say, his capacity to hate. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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He is the happiest man who is engaged in a business which tasks the most faculties of his mind. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are joys which long to be ours Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Beauty is God's trademark in creation. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. Henry Ward Beecher
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Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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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The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! Henry Ward Beecher
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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher
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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child. Henry Ward Beecher
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The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance. Henry Ward Beecher
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The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. Henry Ward Beecher
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Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages. Henry Ward Beecher
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You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich. Henry Ward Beecher
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I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck. Henry Ward Beecher
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The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way. Henry Ward Beecher
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The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. Henry Ward Beecher
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Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Mirth is God's medicine. Henry Ward Beecher
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Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned. It is not what we intend, but what we do that makes us useful. It is not a few faint wishes, but a life long struggle, that makes us valiant. Henry Ward Beecher
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When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder. If we receive news, that a hundred thousand dollars had been left them by some one dying, we should be thrown into an ecstasy of rejoicing; but when they have gone home to God, we stand, and mourn, and pine, and wonder at the mystery of Providence. Henry Ward Beecher
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No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils. Henry Ward Beecher
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You are not called to be a canary in a cage. You are called to be an eagle, and to fly sun to sun, over continents. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page Henry Ward Beecher
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Truths are first clouds; then rain, then harvest and food. Henry Ward Beecher
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No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him. Henry Ward Beecher
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Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down. Henry Ward Beecher
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Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. Henry Ward Beecher
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In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot. Henry Ward Beecher
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The strong are God's natural protectors of the weak. Henry Ward Beecher
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He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause. Henry Ward Beecher
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When we borrow trouble, and look forward into the future and see what storms are coming, and distress ourselves before they come, as to how we shall avert them if they ever do come, we lose our proper trustfulness in God. When we torment ourselves with imaginary dangers, or trials, or reverses, we have already parted with that perfect love which casteth out fear. Henry Ward Beecher
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A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it. Henry Ward Beecher
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I never know how to worship until I know how to love. Henry Ward Beecher
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If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman. Henry Ward Beecher
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The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad. Henry Ward Beecher
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Affliction comes to the believer not to make him sad, but sober; not to make him sorry, but wise. Even as the plow enriches the field so that the seed is multiplied a thousandfold, so affliction should magnify our joy and increase our spiritual harvest. Henry Ward Beecher
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Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years. Henry Ward Beecher
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Too much looking backward ... is bad for progress. Henry Ward Beecher
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The best stock a man can invest in, is the stock of a farm; the best shares are plow shares; and the best banks are the fertile banks of a rural stream; the more these are broken the better dividends they pay. Henry Ward Beecher
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October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month. Henry Ward Beecher
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A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative but when a nation's young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
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The diameter of each day is measured by the stretch of thought - not by the rising and setting of the sun. Henry Ward Beecher
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As the imagination is set to look into the invisible and immaterial, it seems to attract something of their vitality; and though it can give nothing to the body to redeem it from years, it can give to the soul that freshness of youth in old age which is even more beautiful than youth in the young. Henry Ward Beecher
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True elegance becomes the more so as it approaches simplicity. Henry Ward Beecher
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A republican government in a hundred points is weaker than an autocratic government; but in this one point it is the strongest that ever existed - it has educated a race of men that are men. Henry Ward Beecher
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When a man has no longer any conception of excellence above his own, his voyage is done, he is dead, - dead in trespasses and sin of blear-eyed vanity. Henry Ward Beecher
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