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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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Suffering well borne is better than suffering removed. 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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Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement. Henry Ward Beecher
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Of all joyful, smiling, ever-laughing experiences, there are none like those which spring from true religion. Henry Ward Beecher
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God is a being who gives everything but punishment in over measure. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted. 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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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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The soul is often hungrier than the body and no shop can sell it food. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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The world is to be cleaned by somebody, and you are not called of God if you are ashamed to scrub. 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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Sorrows are gardeners: they plant flowers along waste places, and teach vines to cover barren heaps. Henry Ward Beecher
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A woman's pity often opens the door to love. Henry Ward Beecher
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There was never a person who did anything worth doing that he did not receive more than he gave. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope. 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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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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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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All words are pegs to hang ideas on. 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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I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love. Henry Ward Beecher
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No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. Henry Ward Beecher
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You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are. Henry Ward Beecher
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