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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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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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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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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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Love is the world's river of life 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose. Henry Ward Beecher
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Pride slays thanksgiving, but a 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 Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. Henry Ward Beecher
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Religion would save a man; Christ would make him worth saving. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man is full of music; but it is not every man that knows how to bring it out. Henry Ward Beecher
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We are apt to believe in Providence so long as we have our own way; but if things go awry, then we think, if there is a God, he is in heaven, and not on earth. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate. Henry Ward Beecher
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A week filled up with selfishness, and the Sabbath stuffed full of religious exercises, will make a good Pharisee, but a poor Christian. There are many persons who think Sunday is a sponge with which to wipe out the sins of the week. Now, God's altar stands from Sunday to Sunday, and the seventh day is no more for religion than any other. It is for rest. The whole seven are for religion, and one of them for rest. Henry Ward Beecher
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Wherever you have seen God pass, mark that spot, and go and sit in that window again. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is a great deal more correctness of thought respecting manhood in bodily things than in moral things. For men's ideas of manhood shape themselves as the tower and spire of cathedrals do, that stand broad at the bottom, but grow tapering as they rise, and end, far up, in the finest lines, and in an evanishing point. Where they touch the ground they are most, and where they reach to the heaven they are least. Henry Ward Beecher
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The common schools are the stomachs of the country in which all people that come to us are assimilated within a generation. When a lion eats an ox, the lion does not become an ox but the ox becomes a lion. Henry Ward Beecher
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Our yearnings are homesicknesses for heaven; our sighings are for God, just as children that cry themselves asleep away from home, and sob in their slumber, know not that they sob for their parents. The soul's inarticulate moanings are the affections yearning for the Infinite, and having no one to tell them what it is that ails them. 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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