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Henry Ward Beecher
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All our other faculties seem to have the brown touch of earth upon them, but the imagination carries the very livery of heaven, and is God's self in the soul. Henry Ward Beecher
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Where human life needs most sympathy, where usually it is the most barren, there it is that Christ is more likely to be found than anywhere else. Henry Ward Beecher
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A library is but the soul's burial ground; it is the land of shadows. Yet one is impressed with the thought, the labor, and the struggle, represented in this vast catacomb of books. Who could dream, by the placid waters that issue from the level mouths of brooks into the lake, all the plunges, the whirls, the divisions, and foaming rushes that had brought them down to the tranquil exit? And who can guess through what channels of disturbance, and experiences of sorrow, the heart passed that has emptied into this Dead Sea of books? Henry Ward Beecher
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Our life is but a new form of the way men have lived from the beginning. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are materials enough in every man's mind to make a hell there. Henry Ward Beecher
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The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. It is a blessed baptism which gives the first waking thoughts into the bosom of God. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion is only another word for the right use of a man's whole self, instead of a wrong use of himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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God is like us to this extent, that whatever in us is good is like God. Henry Ward Beecher
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A practical, matter-of-fact man is like a wagon without springs: every single pebble on the road jolts him; but a man with imagination has springs that break the jar and jolt. Henry Ward Beecher
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It takes a man to make a devil. Henry Ward Beecher
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Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ. Henry Ward Beecher
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Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere. Henry Ward Beecher
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Fear is the soul's signal for rallying. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtue, to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them. Henry Ward Beecher
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But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age. Henry Ward Beecher
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Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual; the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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The rarest feeling that ever lights a human face is the contentment of a loving soul. Henry Ward Beecher
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Self-government by the whole people is the teleologic idea. The republican form of government is the noblest and the best, as it is the latest. Henry Ward Beecher
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There can be no barrenness in full summer. The very sand will yield something. Rocks will have mosses, and every rift will have its wind-flower, and every crevice a leaf; while from the fertile soil will be reared a gorgeous troop of growths, that will carry their life in ten thousand forms, but all with praise to God. And so it is when the soul knows its summer. Love redeems its weakness, clothes its barrenness, enriches its poverty, and makes its very desert to bud and blossom as the rose. Henry Ward Beecher
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Man is that name of power which rises above them all, and gives to every one the right to be that which God meant he should be. Henry Ward Beecher
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When men enter into the state of marriage, they stand nearest to God. Henry Ward Beecher
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Everything that happens in this world is a part of a great plan of God running through all time. Henry Ward Beecher
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Providence is but another name for natural law. Natural law itself would go out in a minute if it were not for the divine thought that is behind it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Sorrow is Mount Sinai. If one will, one may go up and talk with God, face to face. Henry Ward Beecher
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In regard to the great mass of men, anything that breaks the realm of fear is not salutary, but dangerous; because it takes off one of the hoops that hold the barrel together in which the evil spirits are confined. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples. Henry Ward Beecher
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Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children; Henry Ward Beecher
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Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all. Henry Ward Beecher
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For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal is below the dog and the horse. Happy would it be for thousands of people if they could stand at last before the Judgment Seat and say, I have loved as truly and have lived as decently as my dog, and yet we call them only brutes. Henry Ward Beecher
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Our moral faculties must be placed highest, else they can no more flourish than could a plant growing under the shade and drip of trees. Henry Ward Beecher
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Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged. Henry Ward Beecher
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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. Henry Ward Beecher
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If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them. Henry Ward Beecher
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Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint. Henry Ward Beecher
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A republican government is in a hundred points weaker than one that is autocratic; but in this one point it is the strongest that ever existed-it has educated a race of men that are men. Henry Ward Beecher
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The slave labors, but with no cheer-it is not the road to respectability, it will honor him with no citizens' trust, it brings no bread to his family, no grain to his garner, no leisure in after-days, no books or papers to his children. It opens no school-house door, builds no church, rears for him no factory, lays no keel, fills no bank, earns no acres. With sweat and toil and ignorance he consumes his life, to pour the earnings into channels from which he does no drink, into hands that never honor him. But perpetually rob and often torment. Henry Ward Beecher
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There ought to be such an atmosphere in every Christian church that a man going there and sitting two hours should take the contagion of heaven, and carry home a fire to kindle the altar whence he came. Henry Ward Beecher
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Undoubtedly we render our consciences callous by evil indulgences; but we cannot entirely subdue that still, small voice. Henry Ward Beecher
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Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical. Henry Ward Beecher
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It was the German schoolhouse which destroyed Napoleon III. France, since then, is making monster cannon and drilling soldiers still, but she is also building schoolhouses. As long as war is possible, anything that makes better soldiers people want. Henry Ward Beecher
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The mystery of history is an insoluble problem. Henry Ward Beecher
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Think of a man in a chronic state of anger! Henry Ward Beecher
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Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety,-all this rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. It is better than emery. Every man ought to rub himself with it. A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it runs. Henry Ward Beecher
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Liberty is the soul's right to breathe and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight. Henry Ward Beecher
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No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes. Henry Ward Beecher
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The natural term of an apple-pie is but twelve hours. It reaches its highest state about one hour after it comes from the oven, and just before its natural heat has quite departed. But every hour afterward is a declension. And after it is one day old, it is thence-forward but the ghastly corpse of apple-pie. Henry Ward Beecher
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A book is a garden; A book is an orchard; A book is a storehouse; A book is a party. It is company by the way; it is a counselor; it is a multitude of counselors. 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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None love to speak so much, when the mood of speaking comes, as they who are naturally taciturn. Henry Ward Beecher
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Sharp men, like sharp needles, break easy, though they pierce quick. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not when the cable lies coiled up on the deck that you know how strong or how weak it is; it is when it is put to the test. Henry Ward Beecher
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God has made sleep to be a sponge by which to rub out fatigue. A man's roots are planted in night as in a soil. Henry Ward Beecher
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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Henry Ward Beecher
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Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher
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A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher
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We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning. Henry Ward Beecher
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Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher
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Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. 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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The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history. Henry Ward Beecher
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Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books. Henry Ward Beecher
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It as one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex, instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in. Henry Ward Beecher
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