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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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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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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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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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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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There are joys which long to be ours 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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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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Going out into life - that is dying. Christ is the door out of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every child walks into existence through the golden gate of love. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Let it ever be the most joyful and praiseful day of the seven. Henry Ward Beecher
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Of all earthly music that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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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Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose. 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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That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory. Henry Ward Beecher
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Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body. Henry Ward Beecher
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Newspapers are the schoolmasters of the common people. 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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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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We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him. Henry Ward Beecher
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Let every man come to God in his own way. Henry Ward Beecher
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