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Henry Ward Beecher
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The imagination is the secret and harrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith. Henry Ward Beecher
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A woman, and by so much nearer heaven as that makes one. Henry Ward Beecher
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Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; it is exceedingly long, - it is exceedingly short. Henry Ward Beecher
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What a pity flowers can utter no sound! A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle - oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be! Henry Ward Beecher
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Character, like porcelain ware, must be printed before it is glazed. There can be no change after it is burned in. Henry Ward Beecher
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You may get a large amount of truth into a brief space. Henry Ward Beecher
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It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. Henry Ward Beecher
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A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher
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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. Henry Ward Beecher
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The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. Henry Ward Beecher
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Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. and the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices. 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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Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort. 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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Pushing any truth out very far, you are met by a counter-truth. Henry Ward Beecher
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No cradle for an emperor's child was ever prepared with so much magnificence as this world has been made for man. But it is only his cradle. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are many trials in life which do not seem to come from unwisdom or folly; they are silver arrows shot from the bow of God, and fixed inextricably in the quivering heart - they are meant to be borne - they were not meant, like snow or water, to melt as soon as they strike; but the moment an ill can be patiently borne it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men have a thousand desires to a bushel of choices. 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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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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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 are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. 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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If a man can have only one kind of sense, let him have common sense. If he has that and uncommon sense too, he is not far from genius. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is not a person we employ who does not, like ourselves, desire recognition, praise, gentleness, forbearance, patience. Henry Ward Beecher
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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a mentor, a teacher, a guidepost, a counsellor. Henry Ward Beecher
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You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions. Henry Ward Beecher
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The sun does not shine for a few trees, and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. The lonely pine on the mountain-top waves its sombre boughs and cries, 'Thou art my sun.' And the little meadow violet lifts its cup of blue, and whispers with its perfumed breath, 'Thou art my sun.' And the grain in a housand fields rustles in the wind, and makes answer, 'Thou art my sun.' So God sits effulgent in heaven, not for a favoured few, but for the universe of life; and there is no creature so poor or so low that he may not look up with childish confidence and say, 'My Father, Thou art mine. Henry Ward Beecher
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Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all this rust of life-ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Henry Ward Beecher
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That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterward makes him a manager of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles. Henry Ward Beecher
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Liberty is the soul's right to breath, and, when it can not take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight. Henry Ward Beecher
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Make men large and strong, and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them. Henry Ward Beecher
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