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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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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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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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Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments. Henry Ward Beecher
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Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell. 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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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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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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The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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