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Henry Ward Beecher
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The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. Henry Ward Beecher
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Good nature is often a mere matter of health. Henry Ward Beecher
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Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law Henry Ward Beecher
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The last person one wants to be is themselves. Sadly, that is the best person to be. Henry Ward Beecher
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Affliction comes to us all ...not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand-fold. 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 thousand fields rustles in the wind, and makes answer, 'Thou art my sun.' So God sits effulgent in heaven, not for a favored 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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I used to think the Lord's Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime. Henry Ward Beecher
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Caution and conservatism are expected of old age; but when the young men of a nation are possessed of such a spirit, when they are afraid of the noise and strife caused by the applications of the truth, heaven save the land! Its funeral bell has already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man should use his intellect, not as he uses his lamp in the study, only for his own seeing, but as the lighthouse uses its lamps, that those afar off on the seas may see the shining, and learn their way. Henry Ward Beecher
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I beseech you to correct one fault - severe speech of others; never speak evil of any man, no matter what the facts may be. Henry Ward Beecher
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Involved sentences, crooked, circuitous, and parenthetical, no matter how musically they may be balanced, are prejudicial to a facile understanding of the truth. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother. Henry Ward Beecher
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The elect, those who will; the non-elect, those who won't. Henry Ward Beecher
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The Divine mind does not think for us, or inspite of us, but works in us to think, and to will, and to do. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not desirable that we should live as in the constant atmosphere and presence of death; that would unfit us for life; but it is well for us, now and then, to talk with death as friend talketh with friend, and to bathe in the strange seas, and to anticipate the experiences of that land to which it will lead us. These forethinkings are meant, not to make us discontented with life, but to bring us back with more strength, and a nobler purpose in living. 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. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. Henry Ward Beecher
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Rich men are to bear the infirmities of the poor. Wise men are to bear the mistakes of the ignorant. 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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It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible... Do not, then, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near victory as when defeated in a good cause. Henry Ward Beecher
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Where is human nature so weak as in a book store? Henry Ward Beecher
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Success is full of promise till men get it; and then it is last year's nest from which the bird has flown. Henry Ward Beecher
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God made the human body, and it is the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the divine hand. Henry Ward Beecher
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It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney 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
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An ambition which has conscience in it will always be a laborious and faithful engineer, and will build the road, and bridge the chasms between itself and eminent success by the most faithful and minute performances of duty. Henry Ward Beecher
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A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities. 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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Death is the Christian's vacation morning. School is out. It is time to go home. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world-a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills. Henry Ward Beecher
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The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no right more universal and more sacred, because lying so near the root of existence, than the right of men to their own labor. Henry Ward Beecher
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What if the leaves were to fall a-weeping, and say, "It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks, when autumn comes?" Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined, and developed into something higher and nobler and better than he is by nature. Life is one prolonged birth. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is the medicine of all moral evil. By it the world is to be cured of sin. Henry Ward Beecher
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Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything. Henry Ward Beecher
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A lie is a very short wick in a very small lamp. The oil of reputation is very soon sucked up and gone. And just as soon as a man is known to lie, he is like a two-foot pump in a hundred-foot well. He cannot touch bottom at all. Henry Ward Beecher
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Miracles are like candles lit up until the sun rises, and then blown out. Therefore, I am amused when I hear sects and churches talk about having evidence of Divine authority because they have miracles. Miracles in our time are like candles in the street at midday. We do not want miracles. They are to teach men how to find out truths themselves; and after they have learned this, they no more need them than a well man needs a staff, or a grown-up child needs a walking-stool. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nature would be scarcely worth a puff of the empty wind if it were not that all Nature is but a temple, of which God is the brightness and the glory. Henry Ward Beecher
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Indifference in religion is more fatal than skepticism. There is no pulse in indifference; skepticism may have warm blood. Henry Ward Beecher
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The poor man with industry is happier than the rich man in idleness. Henry Ward Beecher
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Blessed be the man whose work drives him. Something must drive men; and if it is wholesome industry, they have no time for a thousand torments and temptations. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is in youth a purity of character which, when once touched and defiled, can never be restored; a fringe more delicate than frost-work, and which, when torn and broken, can never be re-embroidered. Henry Ward Beecher
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God made every man to have power to be mightier than the events round about him; to hold by his firm will the reigns by which all things are guided. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is often said it is no matter what a man believes if he is only sincere. This is true of all minor truths, and false of all truths whose nature it is to fashion a man's life. It will make no difference in a man's harvest whether he thinks turnips have more saccharine matter than potatoes-whether corn is better than wheat. But let the man sincerely believe that seed planted without ploughing is as good as with, that January is as favorable for seed sowing as April, and that cockle seed will produce as good a harvest as wheat, and will it make no difference? Henry Ward Beecher
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Evil men of every degree will use you, flatter you, lead you on until you are useless; then, if the virtuous do not pity you, or God compassionate, you are without a friend in the universe. Henry Ward Beecher
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And now we beseech of Thee that we may have every day some such sense of God's mercy and of the power of God about us, as we have of the fullness of the light of heaven before us. Henry Ward Beecher
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The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. 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. Henry Ward Beecher
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Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart. Henry Ward Beecher
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If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road Henry Ward Beecher
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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. 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. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is the river of life in the world. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality. Henry Ward Beecher
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Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Henry Ward Beecher
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The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. Henry Ward Beecher
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The dog is the god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher
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Faith is spiritualized imagination. Henry Ward Beecher
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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred. Henry Ward Beecher
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Suffering is part of the divine idea. Henry Ward Beecher
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The soul is often hungrier than the body and no shop can sell it food. Henry Ward Beecher
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All words are pegs to hang ideas on. Henry Ward Beecher
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People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: "Lord, teach me compassion," but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion. Henry Ward Beecher
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When a man's pride is subdued it's like the sides of Mount Aetna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top. Henry Ward Beecher
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Man is at the bottom an animal, midway a citizen, and at the top divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top. Henry Ward Beecher
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