Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. Henry Ward Beecher
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All true ambition and aspiration are without comparisons. Henry Ward Beecher
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Even a liar tells 100 truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything. Henry Ward Beecher
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We never know the love of our parents for us until we become parents. 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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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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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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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 is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves. 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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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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