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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who posses it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Whoever lives a noble life for Christ and God - he is one of God's workmen, working on that building of which God is the supreme Architect. Henry Ward Beecher
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Discover what you are. 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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We ought to be ten times as hungry for knowledge as for food for the body. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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