Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes. 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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Well-married, a man is winged: ill-matched, he is shackled. 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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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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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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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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Laugh at your friends, And if your friends are sore; So much the better, You may laugh the more. Henry Ward Beecher
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No matter who reigns, the merchant reigns. Henry Ward Beecher
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Customs represent the experience of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher
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Whoever makes home seem to the young dearer and more happy, is a public benefactor. Henry Ward Beecher
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In America there is not one single element of civilization that is not made to depend, in the end, upon public opinion. Henry Ward Beecher
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Character, like porcelain-ware, must be painted before it is glazed. There can be no change of color after it is burned in. Henry Ward Beecher
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Though cares and sorrows e'er must come, Though heart be rent, I know that God will give me strength, When mine is spent. 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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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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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
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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
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The things required for prosperous labor, prosperous manufactures, and prosperous commerce are three. First, liberty; second, liberty; third, liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
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Discover what you are. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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