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Henry Ward Beecher
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The religion that fosters intolerance needs another Christ to die for it. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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All words are pegs to hang ideas on. 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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Women are a new race, recreated since the world received Christianity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nothing is orderly till man takes hold of it. Everything in creation lies around loose. Henry Ward Beecher
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All work and no plagiarism makes for dull sermons! Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct. Henry Ward Beecher
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The word of God tends to make large-minded noble-minded men. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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In friendship your heart is like a bell struck every time your friend is in trouble. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. Henry Ward Beecher
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The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world. 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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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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Education will not come of itself; it will never come unless you seek it; it will not come unless you take the first steps which lead to it; but, taking these steps, every man can acquire it. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is trial that proves one thing weak and another strong. A house built on the sand is in fair weather just as good as if builded on a rock. A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is no strain upon it. Henry Ward Beecher
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We ought to be ten times as hungry for knowledge as for food for the body. Henry Ward Beecher
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