Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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Riches without law are more dangerous than in poverty without law. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends. Henry Ward Beecher

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

There is but one easy place in this world, and that is the grave. Henry Ward Beecher

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. Henry Ward Beecher

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

That is the best baptism that leaves the man cleanest inside. Henry Ward Beecher

Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

When a church is faithless to its duties, the real church is outside its walls, in the community. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. Henry Ward Beecher

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

No grief has a right to immortality. That ground belongs to joy, to hope, to faith. Henry Ward Beecher

Men are not put into this world to be everlastingly played on by the harping fingers of joy. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Life is full of amusement to an amusing man. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

Take from the Bible the Godship of Christ, and it would be but a heap of dust. Henry Ward Beecher

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

No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form. Henry Ward Beecher

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either. Henry Ward Beecher

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. Henry Ward Beecher

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. Henry Ward Beecher

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

If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice. Henry Ward Beecher

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. Henry Ward Beecher

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it. Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is a science of mind applied to God. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

Some people are proud of their humility. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity. Henry Ward Beecher

Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

A man never has good luck who has a bad wife. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

If any man is rich and powerful, he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them. Henry Ward Beecher

God made the human body, and it is by far the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the Divine hand. It is a study for one's whole life. If an undevout astronomer is mad, an undevout physiologist is still madder. Henry Ward Beecher

Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie: he has to, to make the lie good for anything. Henry Ward Beecher

Mirthfulness is in the mind and you cannot get it out. It is just as good in its place as conscience or veneration. Henry Ward Beecher

God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts. Henry Ward Beecher

In a great affliction there is no light either in the stars or in the sun; for when the inward light is fed with fragrant oil; there can be no darkness though the sun should go out. But when, like a sacred lamp in the temple, the inward light is quenched, there is no light outwardly, though a thousand suns should preside in the heavens. Henry Ward Beecher

Weak minds may be injured by novel-reading; but sensible people find both amusement and instruction therein. Henry Ward Beecher

There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak? Henry Ward Beecher

When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full. Henry Ward Beecher

Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments. Henry Ward Beecher



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