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Henry Ward Beecher
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Liberty is the soul's right to breathe. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man that puts himself on the ground of moral principle, if the whole world be against him, is mightier than all of them. Henry Ward Beecher
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The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them. Henry Ward Beecher
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Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw more from them as wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and bones. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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I have known many an instance of a man writing a letter and forgetting to sign his name, but this is the only instance I have ever known of a man signing his name and forgetting to write the letter. Henry Ward Beecher
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God has intended the great to be great and the little to be little ... The trade unions, under the European system, destroy liberty ... I do not mean to say that a dollar a day is enough to support a workingman ... not enough to support a man and five children if he insists on smoking and drinking beer. But the man who cannot live on bread and water is not fit to live! A family may live on good bread and water in the morning, water and bread at midday, and good bread and water at night! Henry Ward Beecher
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A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up in the air. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men think God is destroying them because he is tuning them. The violinist screws up the key till the tense cord sounds the concert pitch; but it is not to break it, but to use it tunefully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack. Henry Ward Beecher
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No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion. Henry Ward Beecher
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Public sentiment is to public officers what water is to the wheel of the mill. Henry Ward Beecher
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Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is ownership. We own whom we love. The universe is God's because He loves. Henry Ward Beecher
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Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. Henry Ward Beecher
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Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where He made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero or a saint. Henry Ward Beecher
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Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either. Henry Ward Beecher
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The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. Henry Ward Beecher
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Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. Henry Ward Beecher
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To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice. Henry Ward Beecher
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The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. Henry Ward Beecher
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Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Theology is a science of mind applied to God. Henry Ward Beecher
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An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful bwefore all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? The exterior is not persuasive. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is the very wantonness of folly for a man to search out the frets and burdens of his calling and give his mind every day to a consideration of them. They belong to human life. They are inevitable. Brooding only gives them strength. Henry Ward Beecher
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Christ is risen! There is life, therefore, after death! His resurrection is the symbol and pledge of universal resurrection! Henry Ward Beecher
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No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets. Henry Ward Beecher
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The first merit of pictures is the effect they produce on the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary impressions from them. Pleasure and inspiration first; analysis, afterward. Henry Ward Beecher
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We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some men are, in regard to ridicule, like tin-roofed buildings in regard to hail: all that hits them bounds rattling off; not a stone goes through. Henry Ward Beecher
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Books are the true metempsychosis,-they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep. Henry Ward Beecher
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We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit. Henry Ward Beecher
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Brethren, we are all sailing home; and by and by, when we are not thinking of it, some shadowy thing (men call it death), at midnight, will pass by, and will call us by name, and will say, "I have a message for you from home; God wants you; heaven waits for you. Henry Ward Beecher
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Our government is built upon the vote. But votes that are purchasable are quicksands, and a government built on them stands upon corruption and revolution. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love without faith is as bad as faith without love. Henry Ward Beecher
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A mother's prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty. Henry Ward Beecher
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You may say, "I wish to send this ball so as to kill the lion crouching yonder, ready to spring upon me. My wishes are all right, and I hope Providence will direct the ball." Providence won't. You must do it; and if you do not, you are a dead man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Self-contemplation is apt to end in self-conceit. Henry Ward Beecher
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No grace can save any man unless he helps himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse. Henry Ward Beecher
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Happy is the man who has that in his soul which acts upon the dejected as April airs upon violet roots. Gifts from the hand are silver and gold, but the heart gives that which neither silver nor gold can buy. To be full of goodness, full of cheerfulness, full of sympathy, full of helpful hope, causes a man to carry blessings of which he is himself as unconscious as a lamp is of its own shining. Such a one moves on human life as stars move on dark seas to bewildered mariners; as the sun wheels, bringing all the seasons with him from the south. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every green thing loves to die in bright colors. The vegetable cohorts march glowing out of the year in flaming dresses, as if to leave this earth were a triumph and not a sadness. It is never nature that is sad, but only we, that dare not look back on the past, and that have not its prophecy of the future in our bosoms. Henry Ward Beecher
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That is the best baptism that leaves the man cleanest inside. Henry Ward Beecher
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Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation. Henry Ward Beecher
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When the old creeds are threadbare, and worn through, And all too narrow for the broadening soul, Give me the fine, firm texture of the new, Fair, beautiful and whole! Henry Ward Beecher
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What could make me love my fellow Christian better than to see that God loves us all as we were all one soul? Henry Ward Beecher
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When a church is faithless to its duties, the real church is outside its walls, in the community. Henry Ward Beecher
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Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot, and letting him hang upon the fatal mesh until the long-legged interest devours him. Henry Ward Beecher
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Unfruitful emotion is to be suspected. Feeling acts as an impulse, as a spur, as a spring, and when feelings are excited, and they put nothing forward, they are sometimes even dangerous to a man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some men think that the globe is a sponge that God puts into their hands to squeeze for their own garden or flower-pot. Henry Ward Beecher
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No grief has a right to immortality. That ground belongs to joy, to hope, to faith. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men are not put into this world to be everlastingly played on by the harping fingers of joy. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are multitudes of persons whose idea of liberty is the right to do what they please, instead of the right of doing that which is lawful and best. Henry Ward Beecher
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Life is full of amusement to an amusing man. Henry Ward Beecher
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As the cream abandons the milk from which it took its life, and rises to the top and rides there, so men, because they are richer than those around about them, separate themselves, and all mankind below them they regard as skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher
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Perverted pride is a great misfortune in men; but pride in its original function, for which God created it, is indispensable to a proper manhood. Henry Ward Beecher
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Like waves, our feelings may continue by repeating themselves, by intermittent rushes; but no emotion any more than a wave can long retain its own individual form. Henry Ward Beecher
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As long as society is absolutely divided as milk is, the cream being at the top and the impoverished milk at the bottom, so long will society be unbalanced, and liable to be thrown into convulsions out of which will spring wars. A circulation throughout keeps it in health. Henry Ward Beecher
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Take from the Bible the Godship of Christ, and it would be but a heap of dust. Henry Ward Beecher
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May we feel after Thee; still calling out in the darkness, as children waking in the night call "Father," so may we call out for God; and, at times, even if we do not hear Thy voice, may there be the form of a hand resting upon us, and that shall be enough; for we shall take hold of it, though it be in the dark, and it shall guide us to the growing light; for the day shall come, and the release and triumph. Henry Ward Beecher
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No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world. Henry Ward Beecher
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If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows. Henry Ward Beecher
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That which distinguishes man from the brute is his power, in dealing with Nature, to milk her laws, and make them give forth their bounty. Henry Ward Beecher
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What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Henry Ward Beecher
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Why is not a rat as good as a rabbit? Why should men eat shrimps and neglect cockroaches? Henry Ward Beecher
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Everyone has influence, for good or bad, upon others. Henry Ward Beecher
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