Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Ward Beecher
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Tyrannies are overthrown by ideas. Armies are defeated by ideas. Nations, and Time itself, are overmatched by ideas. 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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He that does not know how wisely to meddle with public affairs in preaching the gospel, does not know how to preach the gospel. Henry Ward Beecher
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When our cup runs over, we let others drink the drops that fall, but not a drop from within the rim, and call it charity; when the crumbs are swept from our table, we think it generous to let the dogs eat them; as if that were charity which permits others to have what we cannot keep. Henry Ward Beecher
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The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin. Henry Ward Beecher
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The pen is the tongue of the hand; a silent utterer of words for the eye. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds. Henry Ward Beecher
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The superfluous blossoms on a fruit tree are meant to symbolize the large way God loves to do pleasant things. Henry Ward Beecher
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Thou, Everlasting Strength, hast set Thyself forth to bear our burdens. May we bear Thy cross, and bearing that; find there is nothing else to bear; and touching that cross, find that instead of taking away our strength, it adds thereto. Give us faith for darkness, for trouble, for sorrow, for bereavement, for disappointment; give us a faith that will abide though the earth itself should pass away-a faith for living, a faith for dying. Henry Ward Beecher
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Flowers are sent to do God's work in unrevealed paths, and to diffuse influence by channels that we hardly suspect. Henry Ward Beecher
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Good-nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some people think black is the color of heaven, and that the more they can make their faces look like midnight, the more evidence they have of grace. But God, who made the sun and the flowers, never sent me to proclaim to you such a lie as that. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some men will not shave on Sunday, and yet they spend all the week in shaving their fellow-men; and many folks think it very wicked to black their boots on Sunday morning, yet they do not hesitate to black their neighbor's reputation on week-days. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men will imitate and admire his unmoved firmness, his inflexible conscience for the right; and yet his gentleness, as tender as a woman's, his moderation of spirit, which not all the heat of party could inflame, nor all the jars and disturbances of this country shake out of its place: I swear you to an emulation of his justice, his moderation, and his mercy. 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 never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven. Henry Ward Beecher
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There's not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs than with his children, servants and neighbours. Henry Ward Beecher
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Oftentimes great and open temptations are the most harmless because they come with banners flying and bands playing and all the munitions of war in full view, so that we know we are in the midst of enemies that mean us damage, and we get ready to meet and resist them. Our peculiar dangers are those that surprise us and work treachery in our fort. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie: he has to, to make the lie good for anything. Henry Ward Beecher
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Caution and conservatism are expected of old age; but when the young men of a nation are possessed of such a spirit, when they are afraid of the noise and strife caused by the new applications of the truth, Heaven save the land! Its funeral bell has already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not to come in any particular way, or with any particular experience, but to arise and come to your Father, and say unto Him, Father I have sinned against heaven and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son; make me as one of Thy hired servants. Henry Ward Beecher
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The methods by which men have met and conquered trouble, or been slain by it, are the same in every age. 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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A man never has good luck who has a bad wife. 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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The God of the Bible is a moral monstrosity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Flowers . . . have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its rigor. Henry Ward Beecher
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Joy is more divine than sorrow, for joy is bread and sorrow is medicine. 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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Faith is a recognition of those things which are above the senses. Henry Ward Beecher
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That state of mind in which a man is impressed with invisible things is faith. Henry Ward Beecher
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The grossest, the cruelest, the most selfish, the most easily pervertible and perverted thing in this world, is government. Henry Ward Beecher
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What a pity flowers can utter no sound!-A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ... oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be! 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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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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To love I must have something I can put my arms around. Henry Ward Beecher
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Maple-trees are the cows of trees (spring-milked). Henry Ward Beecher
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The prouder a man is, the more he thinks he deserves, and the more he thinks he deserves, the less he really does deserve. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nowhere on the globe do men live so well as in America, or grumble so much. Henry Ward Beecher
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God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. 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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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
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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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