Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Sharp men, like sharp needles, break easy, though they pierce quick. Henry Ward Beecher

It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

It is a very good world for the purposes for which it was built; and that is all anything is good for. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, Henry Ward Beecher

No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Love is the wine of existence. Henry Ward Beecher

We ought to be ten times as hungry for knowledge as for food for the body. Henry Ward Beecher

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are. Henry Ward Beecher

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence. Henry Ward Beecher

A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man? Henry Ward Beecher

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

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine. Henry Ward Beecher

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track, - but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity. Henry Ward Beecher

That was a judicious mother who said, I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me. Henry Ward Beecher

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 above us, as we have of the fullness of the light of heaven before us. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurly-burly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to and riding out the gale. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coal-pit, and twice as foul. Henry Ward Beecher

Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise - the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods... There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things. Henry Ward Beecher

By religion I mean perfected manhood, - the quickening of the soul by the influence of the Divine Spirit. Henry Ward Beecher

Life would be a perpetual flea-hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations and suspicions which are uttered against him. Henry Ward Beecher

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who posses it. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Fear is the soul's signal for rallying. Henry Ward Beecher

It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

The rarest feeling that ever lights a human face is the contentment of a loving soul. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

When men enter into the state of marriage, they stand nearest to God. Henry Ward Beecher

Everything that happens in this world is a part of a great plan of God running through all time. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Sorrow is Mount Sinai. If one will, one may go up and talk with God, face to face. Henry Ward Beecher

Laugh at your friends, And if your friends are sore; So much the better, You may laugh the more. Henry Ward Beecher

No matter who reigns, the merchant reigns. Henry Ward Beecher

Customs represent the experience of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher

Whoever makes home seem to the young dearer and more happy, is a public benefactor. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

Undoubtedly we render our consciences callous by evil indulgences; but we cannot entirely subdue that still, small voice. Henry Ward Beecher

Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical. Henry Ward Beecher

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

The mystery of history is an insoluble problem. Henry Ward Beecher

Think of a man in a chronic state of anger! Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speak of the appetite for drink; or of a bon-vivant's relish for dinner! What are these mere animal throes and ragings compared with those fantasies of taste, of those yearning of the imagination, of those insatiable appetites of intellect, which bewilder a student in a great bookseller's temptation-hall. Henry Ward Beecher

The things required for prosperous labor, prosperous manufactures, and prosperous commerce are three. First, liberty; second, liberty; third, liberty. Henry Ward Beecher

Discover what you are. Henry Ward Beecher

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." I found the following quote by Goethe that can serve as a commentary on these words. "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Henry Ward Beecher

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher



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