Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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God sends experience to paint men's portraits. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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I can forgive but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive. Henry Ward Beecher
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What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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What I spent, I had; What I kept, I lost; What I gave, I have. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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A babe is a mother's anchor. Henry Ward Beecher
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No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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The tidal wave of God's providence is carrying liberty throughout the globe. Henry Ward Beecher
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O never harm the dreaming world, the world of green, the world of leaves, but let its million palms unfold the adoration of the trees Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky. Henry Ward Beecher
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God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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God's glory is His goodness. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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It is for men to choose whether they will govern themselves or be governed. Henry Ward Beecher
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Mirth is God's medicine. Henry Ward Beecher
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Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God's worship. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one. Henry Ward Beecher
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I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent. Henry Ward Beecher
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All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. Henry Ward Beecher
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Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship. Henry Ward Beecher
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A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better. Henry Ward Beecher
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Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul. Henry Ward Beecher
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The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Ignorance is the womb of monsters. Henry Ward Beecher
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Sorrow makes men sincere. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week Henry Ward Beecher
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Each book has a secret history of ways and means. Henry Ward Beecher
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If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how would it draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some Heavenly blessings... Henry Ward Beecher
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Reading is a dissuasion from immorality. Reading stands in the place of company. Henry Ward Beecher
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All the sobriety which' religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces. Henry Ward Beecher
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By religion I mean perfected manhood,-the quickening of the soul by the influence of the Divine Spirit. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man's head. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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