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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 energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterwards makes him a manager of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold. 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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Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility. Henry Ward Beecher
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What if you have seen it before, ten thousand times over? An apple tree in full blossom is like a message, sent fresh from heaven to earth, of purity and beauty. Henry Ward Beecher
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When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly - so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception. Henry Ward Beecher
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Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree ... but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement... that requires a heroism which is transcendent. 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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The one great poem of New England is her Sunday. 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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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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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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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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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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To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many yet are the secret truths of God which will be unfolded as they are needed. 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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The things that hurt us teach us. Henry Ward Beecher
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Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it. Henry Ward Beecher
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I read for three things; first, to know what the world has done the last twenty-four hours, and is about to do today; second, for the knowledge that I specially want in my work; and third, for what will bring my mind into a proper mood. Henry Ward Beecher
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If a man has come to that point where he is no content that he says; I do not want to know any more, or do any more or be any more, he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy. Henry Ward Beecher
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Badgered, snubbed and scolded on the one hand; petted, flattered and indulged on the other-it is astonishing how many children work their way up to an honest manhood in spite of parents and friends. Human nature has an element of great toughness in it. Henry Ward Beecher
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To the Christian, these shades are the golden haze which heaven's light makes, when it meets the earth, and mingles with its shadows. Henry Ward Beecher
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God planted fear in the soul as truly as He planted hope or courage. Fear is a kind of bell, or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance upon the approach of danger. It is the soul's signal for rallying. Henry Ward Beecher
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When there is love in the heart there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues. 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 tune-fully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack. 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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God pardons like a mother who kisses the offense into everlasting forgetfulness. Henry Ward Beecher
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We should so live and labor in our time that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and that what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress. Henry Ward Beecher
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