Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Though a man declares himself an atheist, it in no way alters his obligations. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every fresh act of benevolence is the herald of deeper satisfaction; every charitable act a stepping-stone towards heaven. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men of dissolute lives have little incentive to look forward to the hopes and glories of immortality. A due conception of these would be incompatible with such a life. 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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Good-humor makes all things tolerable Henry Ward Beecher
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The elms of New England! They are as much a part of her beauty as the columns of the Parthenon were the glory of its architecture. 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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A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. 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. Some have floated on the sea, and trouble carried them on its surface as the sea carries cork. Some have sunk at once to the bottom as foundering ships sink. Some have run away from their own thoughts. Some have coiled themselves up into a stoical indifference. Some have braved the trouble, and defied it. Some have carried it as a tree does a wound, until by new wood it can overgrow and cover the old gash. Henry Ward Beecher
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Christ certainly did come to destroy the law and the prophets. Henry Ward Beecher
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When young men or women are beginning life, the most important period, it is often said, is that in which their habits are formed. That is a very important period. But the period in which the ideals of the young are formed and adopted is more important still. For the ideal with which you go forward to measure things determines the nature, so far as you are concerned, of everything you meet. Henry Ward Beecher
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Storms purify the atmosphere. Henry Ward Beecher
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Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. 'By their fruits ye shall know them.' Henry Ward Beecher
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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher
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It usually takes a hundred years to make a law; and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Poverty is very good in poems, but it is very bad in a house. It is very good in maxims and in sermons, but it is very bad in practical life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell. Henry Ward Beecher
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Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the elements of disease and bring new elements of health; and where free speech is stopped, miasma is bred, and death comes fast. Henry Ward Beecher
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If you attempt to beat a man down and so get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is not a time that you walk through the street, when if you employed your senses, you would not learn something worthwhile. Henry Ward Beecher
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There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave. Henry Ward Beecher
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The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad. Henry Ward Beecher
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Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty-how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes. 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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God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses. Henry Ward Beecher
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What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. Henry Ward Beecher
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The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. Henry Ward Beecher
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Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude. Henry Ward Beecher
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God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how. Henry Ward Beecher
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It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction. Henry Ward Beecher
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Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
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The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next. Henry Ward Beecher
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Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher
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Books are not men and yet they stay alive. Henry Ward Beecher
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Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. Henry Ward Beecher
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Work is not a curse, but drudgery is. Henry Ward Beecher
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