Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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
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God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Weak minds may be injured by novel-reading; but sensible people find both amusement and instruction therein. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments. Henry Ward Beecher
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The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are some men's souls that are so thin, so almost destitute of what is the true idea of soul, that were not the guardian angels so keen-sighted, they would altogether overlook them. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is nothing that is so wonderfully created as the human soul. There is something of God in it. We are infinite in the future, though we are finite in the past. Henry Ward Beecher
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Give us that calm certainty of truth, that nearness to Thee, that conviction of the reality of the life to come, which we shall need to bear us through the troubles of this. 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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Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor, and to inherit riches; and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast. 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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Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! Henry Ward Beecher
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The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but, if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man should fear when he enjoys only the good he does publicly. Is it not, publicity rather than charity, which he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities? Henry Ward Beecher
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The pie should be eaten "while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges, (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!) of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood...then, O blessed man, favored by all the divinities! eat, give thanks, and go forth, 'in apple-pie order!'" Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves. 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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