Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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Love is the world's river of life 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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Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore. 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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Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. Henry Ward Beecher
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He who would look with contempt upon the farmer's pursuit is not worthy the name of a man. 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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At first babes feed on the mother's bosom, but always on her heart. 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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At the bottom of every leaf-stem is a cradle, and in it is an infant germ; the winds will rock it, the birds will sing to it all summer long, but the next season it will unfold and go alone. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then 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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It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature. But those who have a psssion for nature in the natural way, need no pictures nor gallereies. Spring is their designer, and the whole year their artist. Henry Ward Beecher
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Of all formal things in the world, a clipped hedge is the most formal; and of all the informal things in the world, a forest tree is the most informal. Henry Ward Beecher
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See that each hour's feelings, and thoughts and actions are pure and true; then your life will be also. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow. 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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It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade. Henry Ward Beecher
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Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy. Henry Ward Beecher
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Victories that come cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting. Henry Ward Beecher
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Everyone has conscience enough to hate; few have religion enough to love. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nowhere else can one find so miscellaneous, so various, an amount of knowledge as is contained in a good newspaper. Henry Ward Beecher
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When a man sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil, and sells himself for the value of an ounce. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion. Henry Ward Beecher
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