Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Now comes the mystery. Henry Ward Beecher

A church debt is the devil's salary. Henry Ward Beecher

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself. Henry Ward Beecher

The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower? Henry Ward Beecher

A love of flowers would beget early rising, industry, habits of close observation, and of reading. It would incline the mind to notice natural phenomena, and to reason upon them. It would occupy the mind with pure thoughts, and inspire a sweet and gentle enthusiasm; maintain simplicity of taste; and ... unfold in the heart an enlarged, unstraightened, ardent piety. Henry Ward Beecher

What I spent, I had; What I kept, I lost; What I gave, I have. Henry Ward Beecher

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. Henry Ward Beecher

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars. Henry Ward Beecher

Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed. It shows how much good men require of us. Henry Ward Beecher

Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh. Henry Ward Beecher

The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection. Henry Ward Beecher

We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts. Henry Ward Beecher

We go to the grave of a friend saying, "A man is dead," but angels throng about him saying, "A man is born." Henry Ward Beecher

A babe is a mother's anchor. Henry Ward Beecher

A man's true estate of power and riches is to be in himself; not in his dwelling or position or external relations, but in his own essential character. Henry Ward Beecher

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man, by one lower than himself. Henry Ward Beecher

There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now. Henry Ward Beecher

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages. Just because the rains descend, and the winds blow, we cannot afford to build on shifting sands. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is not a possession but a growth. The heart is a lamp with just oil enough to burn for an hour, and if there be no oil to put in again its light will go out. God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love. Henry Ward Beecher

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Henry Ward Beecher

Thinking cannot be clear until it has had expression-we must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in half torpid form. Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flowers. So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development-thought is the blossom; language is the opening bud; action the fruit behind it. Henry Ward Beecher

Ignorance is the womb of monsters. Henry Ward Beecher

Sorrow makes men sincere. Henry Ward Beecher

We never know how much one loves till we know how much he is willing to endure and suffer for us; and it is the suffering element that measures love. The characters that are great must, of necessity, be characters that shall be willing, patient and strong to endure for others. To hold our nature in the willing service of another is the divine idea of manhood, of the human character. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no liberty to men whose passions are stronger than their religious feelings; there is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge; there is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves. Henry Ward Beecher

A good digestion is as truly obligatory as a good conscience; pure blood is as truly a part of mankind as a pure faith; and a well ordered skin is the first condition of that cleanliness which is next to Godliness. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is the world's river of life Henry Ward Beecher

God sends experience to paint men's portraits. Henry Ward Beecher

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness - or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it. Henry Ward Beecher

I can forgive but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive. Henry Ward Beecher

At first babes feed on the mother's bosom, but always on her heart. Henry Ward Beecher

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them. Henry Ward Beecher

Many men build as cathedrals were built, the part nearest the ground finished; but that part which soars toward heaven, the turrets and the spires, forever incomplete. Henry Ward Beecher

The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward. Henry Ward Beecher

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall riot be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are. Henry Ward Beecher

One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore. Henry Ward Beecher

We go to the grave of a friend saying, A man is dead; but angels throng about him, saying, A man is born. Henry Ward Beecher

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. Henry Ward Beecher

He who would look with contempt upon the farmer's pursuit is not worthy the name of a man. Henry Ward Beecher

Reading is a dissuasion from immorality. Reading stands in the place of company. Henry Ward Beecher

All the sobriety which' religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces. Henry Ward Beecher

By religion I mean perfected manhood,-the quickening of the soul by the influence of the Divine Spirit. Henry Ward Beecher

The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself. Religion is relative to the individual. Henry Ward Beecher

Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man's head. Henry Ward Beecher

Some of God's noblest sons, I think, will be selected from those that know how to take wealth, with all its temptations, and maintain godliness therewith. It is hard to be a saint standing in a golden niche. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no part of government which cannot better suffer derangement than the ballot. If you strike the ballot with disease, it is heart disease. Henry Ward Beecher

The morbid states of health, the irritableness of disposition arising from unstrung nerves, the impatience, the crossness, the fault-finding of men, who, full of morbid influences, are unhappy themselves, and throw the cloud of their troubles like a dark shadow upon others, teach us what eminent duty there is in health. Henry Ward Beecher

A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it. Henry Ward Beecher

We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering. Henry Ward Beecher

That was a judicious mother who said, "I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me. Henry Ward Beecher

A man who cannot get angry is like a stream that cannot overflow, that is always turbid. Sometimes indignation is as good as a thunderstorm in summer, clearing and cooling the air. Henry Ward Beecher

A boy is a piece of existence quite separate from all things else, and deserves separate chapters in the natural history of men. Henry Ward Beecher

God's glory is His goodness. Henry Ward Beecher

Good men are not those who now and then do a good act, but men who join one good act to another. Henry Ward Beecher

It is for men to choose whether they will govern themselves or be governed. Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is God's medicine. Henry Ward Beecher

Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God's worship. Henry Ward Beecher

A man that has lost moral sense is like a man in battle with both of his legs shot off: he has nothing to stand on. Henry Ward Beecher

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause. Henry Ward Beecher

The aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not blossomed. It has been all the time preparing for what is to follow, and in autumn it is the glory of the field, and only the frost lays it low. So there are many people who must live forty or fifty years, and have the crude sap of their natural dispositions changed and sweetened before the blossoming time can come; but their lives have not been wasted. Henry Ward Beecher

Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life. Henry Ward Beecher

No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no greater crime than to stand between a man and his development; to take any law or institution and put it around him like a collar, and fasten it there, so that as he grows and enlarges, he presses against it till he suffocates and dies. Henry Ward Beecher

October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thin loves to die in bright colors. Henry Ward Beecher

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. Henry Ward Beecher

Never be grandiloquent when you want to drive home a searching truth. Don't whip with a switch that has the leaves on, if you want it to tingle. Henry Ward Beecher

Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches into the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do. Henry Ward Beecher

There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure-bearin g, that you instinctively feel in their presence that they do you good; whose coming into a room is like bringing a lamp there. Henry Ward Beecher

Though a man declares himself an atheist, it in no way alters his obligations. Henry Ward Beecher



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