Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. Henry Ward Beecher

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages. Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Affliction comes to us all, not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but to make us wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us Henry Ward Beecher

He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds. Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing can be more airy and beautiful than the transparent seed-globe-a fairy dome of splendid architecture. Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate. Henry Ward Beecher

A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm - it can creep, but it cannot fly. Henry Ward Beecher

The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith. Henry Ward Beecher

The reason that men are so slow to confess their vices is because they have not yet abandoned them. Henry Ward Beecher

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher

A mother has, perhaps, the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown. Henry Ward Beecher

Business men are to be pitied who do not recognize the fact that the largest side of their secular business is benevolence. ... No man ever manages a legitimate business in this life without doing indirectly far more for other men than he is trying to do for himself. Henry Ward Beecher

Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood. Henry Ward Beecher

Many men want wealth,-not a competence alone, but a live-story competence. Everything subserves this; and religion they would like as a sort of lightning-rod to their houses, to ward off by and by the bolts of Divine wrath. Henry Ward Beecher

Women are a new race, recreated since the world received Christianity. Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing is orderly till man takes hold of it. Everything in creation lies around loose. Henry Ward Beecher

Walking humbly, you are more of a man than you were when you walked proudly. Henry Ward Beecher

No man is more cheated than the selfish man. Henry Ward Beecher

Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight. Henry Ward Beecher

All work and no plagiarism makes for dull sermons! Henry Ward Beecher

If one asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him: It means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice, for liberty, and for happiness, meant. Our flag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings. This American flag was the safeguard of liberty. It was an ordinance of liberty by the people, for the people. That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to the end of time! Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. Henry Ward Beecher

Like a bird she seems to wear gay plumage unconsciously, as if it grew upon her. Henry Ward Beecher

To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them - the whole leaf and root tribe. Not alone when they are in their glory, but in whatever state they are - in leaf, or rimed with frost, or powdered with snow, or crystal-sheathed in ice, or in severe outline stripped and bare against a November sky - we love them. Henry Ward Beecher

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. If there be no false retainer within who holds treacherous parley, there can scarcely be even an offer. Henry Ward Beecher

A coat that is not used, the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted-the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that. Henry Ward Beecher

Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments. Henry Ward Beecher

Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell. Henry Ward Beecher

These appetites are very humiliating weaknesses. That our grace depends so largely upon animal condition is not quite flattering to those who are hyperspiritual. Henry Ward Beecher

It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun. Henry Ward Beecher

I met a brother who, describing a friend of his, said he was like a man who had dropped a bottle and broken it; and put all the pieces in his bosom, where they were cutting him perpetually. Henry Ward Beecher

The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order. Henry Ward Beecher

Success is full of promise till a man gets it; and then it is last year's nest from which the birds have flown. Henry Ward Beecher

Men who neglect. Christ, and try to win heaven through moralities, are like sailors at sea in a storm, who pull, some at the bowsprit and some at the mainmast, but never touch the helm. Henry Ward Beecher

Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray. Henry Ward Beecher

Whatever is almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is more likely to lead astray. Henry Ward Beecher

Suffering well borne is better than suffering removed. Henry Ward Beecher

Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; it is exceedingly long,-it is exceedingly short. Henry Ward Beecher

Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement. Henry Ward Beecher

Of all joyful, smiling, ever-laughing experiences, there are none like those which spring from true religion. Henry Ward Beecher

God is a being who gives everything but punishment in over measure. Henry Ward Beecher

The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing. Henry Ward Beecher

As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man's path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies. Henry Ward Beecher

It is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joy-these three. It is the light in the window of the face by which the heart signifies to father, husband, or friend that it is at home and waiting. Henry Ward Beecher

When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted. Henry Ward Beecher

The religion that fosters intolerance needs another Christ to die for it. Henry Ward Beecher

You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher. Henry Ward Beecher

No one thing does human life more need than a kind consideration of the faults of others. Every one sins; everyone needs forbearance. Our own imperfections should teach us to be merciful. Henry Ward Beecher

This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter. Henry Ward Beecher

The world is to be cleaned by somebody, and you are not called of God if you are ashamed to scrub. Henry Ward Beecher

Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. Henry Ward Beecher

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world. Henry Ward Beecher

Sorrows are gardeners: they plant flowers along waste places, and teach vines to cover barren heaps. Henry Ward Beecher

A woman's pity often opens the door to love. Henry Ward Beecher

There was never a person who did anything worth doing that he did not receive more than he gave. Henry Ward Beecher

A man's ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth-whether rich or poor. Henry Ward Beecher

The beginnings of moral enterprises in this world are never to be measured by any apparent growth. ... At length comes the sudden ripeness and the full success, and he who is called in at the final moment deems this success his own. He is but the reaper and not the labourer. Other men sowed and tilled and he but enters into their labours. Henry Ward Beecher

Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher

All human affairs follow nature's great analogue, the growth of vegetation. There are three periods of growth in every plant. The first, and slowest, is the invisible growth by the root; the second and much accelerated is the visible growth by the stem; but when root and stem have gathered their forces, there comes the third period, in which the plant quickly flashes into blossom and rushes into fruit. Henry Ward Beecher

Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities. Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope. Henry Ward Beecher

The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct. Henry Ward Beecher

The word of God tends to make large-minded noble-minded men. Henry Ward Beecher

Next to the pastoral came the agricultural life. When you add to that the manufacturing phase of development, society begins to fill out, and needs but wings to fly, and commerce is its wings. Henry Ward Beecher

In friendship your heart is like a bell struck every time your friend is in trouble. Henry Ward Beecher

God puts the excess of hope in one man, in order that it may be a medicine to the man who is despondent. Henry Ward Beecher

A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone, for God is multitudinous above all populations of the earth. Henry Ward Beecher

We should live and labor in our time that what came to us as a seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom, may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress. Henry Ward Beecher



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