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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it. Henry Ward Beecher
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We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering. Henry Ward Beecher
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Good-humor makes all things tolerable 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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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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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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A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth. 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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Adversity is the mint in which God stamps upon man his image and superscription. Henry Ward Beecher
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Christians should be like a flower store: the odor of sanctity should betray them wherever they are. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some folks think that Christianity means a kind of insurance policy, and that it has little to do with this life, but that it is a very good thing when a man dies. Henry Ward Beecher
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We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot. Henry Ward Beecher
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Yea, though the breath of disappointment should chill the sanguine heart, Speedily gloweth it again, warmed by the live embers of hope. Henry Ward Beecher
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Troubles loom up big when they're ahead, And joys seem always sweeter when they're past. Henry Ward Beecher
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Life is a plant that grows out of death. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no harder shield for the devil to pierce with temptation than singing with prayer. Henry Ward Beecher
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One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern. Henry Ward Beecher
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All things in the natural world symboliZe God, yet none of them speak of him but in broken and imperfect words. High above all he sits, sublimer than mountains, grander than storms, sweeter than blossoms and tender fruits, nobler than lords, truer than parents, more loving than lovers. His feet tread the lowest places of the earth; but his head is above all glory, and everywhere he is supreme. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life. Henry Ward Beecher
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May we be satisfied with nothing that shall not have in it something of immortality. Henry Ward Beecher
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The whole of the Saviour's ministerial life, at least the part of it that stands on record, was passed in what we may call substantially a revival work. 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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