Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Experience is the mother of custom. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness. Henry Ward Beecher
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One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, "Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore. Henry Ward Beecher
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It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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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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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To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel. 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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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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Do not be afraid of defeat. you are never so near victory as when defeated in a good cause Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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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Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law. Henry Ward Beecher
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The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. Thus they become, as in the ancient fable, the harnessed steeds which bear the chariot of the sun. Henry Ward Beecher
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The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way too. Henry Ward Beecher
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Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many would like religion as a sort of lightning rod to their houses, to ward off, by and by, the bolts of divine wrath. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is but one easy place in this world, and that is the grave. Henry Ward Beecher
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Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah! what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life. Henry Ward Beecher
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We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. Henry Ward Beecher
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The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart. Henry Ward Beecher
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He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher
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What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. Henry Ward Beecher
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Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God. Henry Ward Beecher
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We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's. Henry Ward Beecher
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I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything. Henry Ward Beecher
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Now comes the mystery. Henry Ward Beecher
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A church debt is the devil's salary. Henry Ward Beecher
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To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself. Henry Ward Beecher
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Coming to the Bible through commentaries is much like looking at a landscape through garret windows, over which generations of unmolested spiders have spun their webs. Henry Ward Beecher
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His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied man. Henry Ward Beecher
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A very common flower adds generosity to beauty. It gives joy to the poor, to the rude, and to the multitudes who could have no flowers were nature to charge a price for her blossoms. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nothing can compare in beauty, and wonder, and admirableness, and divinity itself, to the silent work in obscure dwellings of faithful women bringing their children to honor and virtue and piety. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some people are proud of their humility. Henry Ward Beecher
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In engineering, that only is great which achieves. It matters not what the intention is, he who in the day of battle is not victorious is not saved by his intention. Henry Ward Beecher
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Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? Henry Ward Beecher
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Poverty is very good in poems but very bad in the house; very good in maxims and sermons but very bad in practical life. Henry Ward Beecher
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The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love is God's loaf; and this is that feeding for which we are taught to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." Henry Ward Beecher
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Men strengthen each other in their faults. Those who are alike associate together, repeat the things which all believe, defend and stimulate their common faults of disposition, and each one receives from the others a reflection of his own egotism. Henry Ward Beecher
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In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands. Henry Ward Beecher
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Today is a goblet day. The whole heavens have been mingled with exquisite skill to a delicious flavor, and the crystal cup put to every lip. Breathing is like ethereal drinking. It is a luxury simply to exist. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man never has good luck who has a bad wife. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man without mirth is like wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it turns. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many men want wealth, - not a competence alone, but a live-story competence. Everything subserves this; and religion they would like as a sort of lightning-rod to their houses, to ward off by and by the bolts of Divine wrath. Henry Ward Beecher
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Where some think, and others do not, there is developed aristocracy. Where all have come to think we have democracy, - the government of the people by themselves. Henry Ward Beecher
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