Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

Christ is risen! There is life, therefore, after death! His resurrection is the symbol and pledge of universal resurrection! Henry Ward Beecher

Many yet are the secret truths of God which will be unfolded as they are needed. Henry Ward Beecher

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

When there is love in the heart there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

God pardons like a mother who kisses the offense into everlasting forgetfulness. Henry Ward Beecher

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

A noble nose compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Henry Ward Beecher

Are yon borne down by trouble, remember the apt words of Carlyle: The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Henry Ward Beecher

We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity. Henry Ward Beecher

Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life. Henry Ward Beecher

Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Love without faith is as bad as faith without love. Henry Ward Beecher

A mother's prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Self-contemplation is apt to end in self-conceit. Henry Ward Beecher

No grace can save any man unless he helps himself. Henry Ward Beecher

Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion. Henry Ward Beecher

Public sentiment is to public officers what water is to the wheel of the mill. Henry Ward Beecher

Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is ownership. We own whom we love. The universe is God's because He loves. Henry Ward Beecher

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

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life. Henry Ward Beecher

Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them. Henry Ward Beecher

The one great poem of New England is her Sunday. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Liberty is the soul's right to breathe. Henry Ward Beecher

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Many will say, "I can find God without the help of the Bible, or church, or minister." Very well. Do so if you can. The Ferry Company would feel no jealousy of a man who should prefer to swim to New York. Let him do so if he is able, and we will talk about it on the other shore; but probably trying to swim would be the thing that would bring him quickest to the boat. So God would have no jealousy of a man's going to heaven without the aid of the Bible, or church, or minister; but let him try to do so, and it will be the surest way to bring him back to them for assistance. Henry Ward Beecher

What is the Bible in your house? It is not the Old Testament, it is not the New Testament, it is not the Gospel according to Matthew, or Mark, or Luke, or John; it is the Gospel according to William; it is the Gospel according to Mary; it is the Gospel according to Henry and James; it is the Gospel according to your name. You write your own Bible. Henry Ward Beecher

If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God's noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest. Henry Ward Beecher

Our children that die young are like those spring bulbs which have their flowers prepared beforehand, and leave nothing to do but to break ground, and blossom, and pass away. Thank God for spring flowers among men, as well as among the grasses of the field. Henry Ward Beecher

I have known men who thought the object of conversion was to cleanse them as a garment is cleansed, and that when they are converted they were to be hung up in the Lord's wardrobe, the door of which was to be shut, so that no dust could get at them. A coat that is not used the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted, the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that. Henry Ward Beecher

Experience is the mother of custom. Henry Ward Beecher

They who refuse education to a black man would turn the South into a vast poorhouse, and labor into a pendulum, necessity vibrating between poverty and indolence. Henry Ward Beecher

A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness. Henry Ward Beecher

One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, "Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore. Henry Ward Beecher

It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else. Henry Ward Beecher

The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive, and sensible, if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterwards makes him a manager of life. Henry Ward Beecher

To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel. Henry Ward Beecher

The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold. Henry Ward Beecher

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

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Henry Ward Beecher

Why is not a rat as good as a rabbit? Why should men eat shrimps and neglect cockroaches? Henry Ward Beecher

Everyone has influence, for good or bad, upon others. Henry Ward Beecher

The things that hurt us teach us. Henry Ward Beecher

Do not be afraid of defeat. you are never so near victory as when defeated in a good cause Henry Ward Beecher

A cup of coffee - real coffee - home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all. Henry Ward Beecher

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. 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



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