Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit. 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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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
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Love without faith is as bad as faith without love. Henry Ward Beecher
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A mother's prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Self-contemplation is apt to end in self-conceit. Henry Ward Beecher
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No grace can save any man unless he helps himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast in it to raise it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Henry Ward Beecher
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The church is no more religion than the masonry of the aqueduct is the water that flows through it. Henry Ward Beecher
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The conditions of city life may be made healthy, so far as the physical constitution is concerned; but there is connected with the business of the city so much competition, so much rivalry, so much necessity for industry, that I think it is a perpetual, chronic, wholesale violation of natural law. There are ten men that can succeed in the country, where there is one that can succeed in the city. Henry Ward Beecher
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We have the promises of God as thick as daisies in summer meadows, that death, which men most fear, shall be to us the most blessed of experiences, if we trust in him. Death is unclasping; joy, breaking out in the desert; the heart, come to its blossoming time! Do we call it dying when the bud bursts into flower? Henry Ward Beecher
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God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy. Henry Ward Beecher
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God does not refuse to make himself known to man. He only will not do it by the symbolism of matter. He comes to us at once by the most natural course. We are in a transient state; our bodies are accidental, and God comes to us by that which is higher and truer-the intuitions of the soul. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man has a right to picture God according to his need, whatever it be. Henry Ward Beecher
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Amid the discords of this life, it is blessed to think of heaven, where God draws after him an everlasting train of music; for all thoughts are harmonious and all feelings vocal, and so there is round about his feet eternal melody. Henry Ward Beecher
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That which men suppose the imagination to be, and to do, is often frivolous enough and mischievous enough; but that which God meant it to be in the mental economy is not merely noble, but supereminent. It is the distinguishing element in all refinement. It is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith. The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. Henry Ward Beecher
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The best lessons a man ever learns are from his mistakes. It is not for want of schoolmasters that we are still ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher
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Money in the hands of one or two men is like a dungheap in a barnyard. So long as it lies in a mass, it does no good; but, if it is only spread out evenly on the land, everything will grow. Henry Ward Beecher
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If every child might live the life predestined in a mother's heart, all the way from the cradle to the coffin, he would walk upon a beam of light, and shine in glory. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is necessary, if one would read aright, that he should read at least two newspapers, representing both sides of important subjects. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurlyburly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to, and riding out the gale. Henry Ward Beecher
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Repentance is the turning of the soul from the way of midnight to the point of the coming sun. Henry Ward Beecher
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He will see most without who has the best eyes within; and he who only sees with his bodily organs sees but the surface. Henry Ward Beecher
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Wealth in activity-capital with all its friction-is far safer than invested wealth lying dead. Henry Ward Beecher
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Words are but the bannerets of a great army, a few bits of waving color here and there; thoughts are the main body of the footman that march unseen below. Henry Ward Beecher
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