Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence. 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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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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What is the disposition which makes men rejoice in good bargains? There are few people who will not be benefited by pondering over the morals of shopping. Henry Ward Beecher
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The most efficacious secular book that ever was published in America is the newspaper. Henry Ward Beecher
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No one can deal with the hearts of men unless he has the sympathy which is given by love. 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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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
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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
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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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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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No man rides so high and in such good company as the man that allies himself to a truth. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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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There are joys which long to be ours Henry Ward Beecher
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Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. Henry Ward Beecher
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Spreading Christianity abroad is sometimes an excuse for not having it at home. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men who stand on any other foundation than the rock Christ Jesus are like birds that build in trees by the side of rivers. The bird sings in the branches, and the river sings below, but all the while the waters are undermining the soil about the roots, till, in some unsuspected hour, the tree falls with a crash into the stream; and then its nest is sunk, its home is gone, and the bird is a wanderer. Henry Ward Beecher
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Our life is in the loom; it rolls up and is hidden as fast as it is woven. It is to be taken out of the loom only when we leave this world; then only shall we see the pattern. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is the wine of existence. When you have taken that, you have taken the most precious drop that there is in the cluster. Henry Ward Beecher
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Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it. Just as long as there is the enthusiasm of the chase they enjoy it; but when they begin to look around, and think of settling down, they find that that part by which joy enters is dead in them. They have spent their lives in heaping up colossal piles of treasure, which stand, at the end, like the pyramids in the desert sands, holding only the dust of kings. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is so much that is deaf and dumb in man, and so much that is paralyzed, so much that is shrunken, that nothing short of a miraculous touch of re-creation can make them at death perfect beings. Henry Ward Beecher
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Now, men think, with regard to their conduct, that, if they were to lift themselves up gigantically and commit some crashing sin, they should never be able to hold up their heads; but they will harbor in their souls little sins, which are piercing and eating them away to inevitable ruin. Henry Ward Beecher
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This world is magnificent for strangers and pilgrims, but miserable for residents. Henry Ward Beecher
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Socially we are woven into the fabric of society, where every man is like one thread in a piece of cloth. No single thread has a right to say, "I will stay here no longer," and draw out. No man has a right to make a hole in the well-woven fabric of society. Henry Ward Beecher
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No people are so easy to govern as the intelligent, and none are so hard to govern as the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher
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We cannot have right virtue without right conditions. Henry Ward Beecher
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John Wesley quaintly observed that the road to heaven is a narrow path, not intended for wheels, and that to ride in a coach here and to go to heaven hereafter, was a happiness too much for man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion is using everything for God. Henry Ward Beecher
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Do not be afraid because the, community teems with excitement. Silence and death are dreadful. The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth. Henry Ward Beecher
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So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep. Henry Ward Beecher
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In the early ages men ruled by strength; now they rule by brain, and so long as there is only one man in the world who can think and plan, he will stand head and shoulders above him who cannot. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is the river of life in this world. Think not that ye know it who stand at the little tinkling rill, the first small fountain. Not until you have gone through the rocky gorges, and not lost the stream; not until you nave gone through the meadow, and the stream has widened and deepened until fleets could ride on its bosom; not until beyond the meadow you have come to the unfathomable ocean, and poured your treasures into its depths-not until then can you know what love is. Henry Ward Beecher
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God never made anything else so beautiful as man. Henry Ward Beecher
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God's men are better than the devil's men, and they ought to act as though they thought they were. Henry Ward Beecher
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A mother is as different from anything else that God ever thought of, as can possibly be. She is a distinct and individual creation. Henry Ward Beecher
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If God but cares for our inward and eternal life, if by all the experiences of this life He is reducing it and preparing for its disclosure, nothing can befall us but prosperity. Every sorrow shall be but the setting of some luminous jewel of joy. Our very morning shall be but the enamel around the diamond; our very hardships but the metallic rim that holds the opal, glancing with strange interior fires. Henry Ward Beecher
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The truest self-respect is not to think of self. 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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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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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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Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every boy wants someone older than himself to whom he may go in moods of confidence and yearning. The neglect of this child's want by grown people . . . is a fertile source of suffering. Henry Ward Beecher
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The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no person can tell what becomes of his or her influence and example. Henry Ward Beecher
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Anxiety in human life is what squeaking and grinding are in machinery that is not oiled. In life, trust is the oil. Henry Ward Beecher
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If Christ is not divine, every impulse of the Christian world falls to a lower octave, and light and love and hope decline. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man without self-restraint is like a barrel without hoops, and tumbles to pieces. Henry Ward Beecher
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We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses. Henry Ward Beecher
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Go on your knees before God. Bring all your idols; bring self-will, and pride, and every evil lust before Him, and give them up. Devote yourself, heart and soul, to His will; and see if you do not "know of the doctrine. Henry Ward Beecher
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We know that the gifts which men have do not come from the schools. If a man is a plain, literal, factual man, you can make a great deal more of him in his own line by education than without education, just as you can make a great deal more of a potato if you cultivate it than if you do not; but no cultivation in this world will ever make an apple out of a potato. Henry Ward Beecher
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While a man is stringing a harp, he tries the strings, not for music, but for construction. When it is finished it shall be played for melodies. God is fashioning the human heart for future joy. He only sounds a string here and there to see how far His work has progressed. Henry Ward Beecher
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I have great hope of a wicked man, slender hope of a mean one. A wicked man may be converted and become a prominent saint. A mean man ought to be converted six or seven times, one right after the other, to give him a fair start and put him on an equality with a bold, wicked man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Morality is good, and is accepted of God, as far as it goes; but the difficulty is, it does not go far enough. Henry Ward Beecher
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