Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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Trouble teaches men how much there is in manhood. Henry Ward Beecher
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Whenever education and refinement carry us away from the common people, they are growing towards selfishness, which is the monster evil of the world. That is true cultivation which gives us sympathy with every form of human life, and enables us to work most successfully for its advancement. Refinement that carries us away from our fellow people is not God's refinement. Henry Ward Beecher
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The hunger of the eye is not to be despised; and they are to be pitied who have starvation of the eye. Henry Ward Beecher
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It takes longer for man to find out man than any other creature that is made. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man without a vote is in this land like a man without a hand. Henry Ward Beecher
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The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave. Henry Ward Beecher
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The deeper men go into life, the deeper is their conviction that this life is not all. It is an unfinished symphony. A day may round out an insect's life, and a bird or a beast needs no tomorrow. Not so with him who knows that he is related to God and has felt the power of an endless life. Henry Ward Beecher
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The more sincere we are in our belief, as a rule, the less demonstrative we are. Henry Ward Beecher
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Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy. Henry Ward Beecher
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Ordinarily rivers run small at the beginning, grow broader and broader as they proceed, and become widest and deepest at the point, where they enter the sea. It is such rivers that the Christian's life is like. But the life of the mere worldly man is like those rivers in Southern Africa, which, proceeding from mountain freshets, are broad and deep at the beginning, and grow narrower and more shallow as they advance. They waster themselves by soaking into the sands, and at last they die out entirely. The farther they run the less there is of them. Henry Ward Beecher
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As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn-book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air. Henry Ward Beecher
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The highest order that was ever instituted on earth is the order of faith. Henry Ward Beecher
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Heaven is a place of restless activity, the abode of never-tiring thought. Henry Ward Beecher
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Morality must always precede and accompany religion, and yet religion is much more than morality. 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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A man who does not know how to be angry, does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil. Henry Ward Beecher
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Anger is a bow that will shoot sometimes where another feeling will not. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many of our troubles are God dragging us, and they would end if we would stand upon our feet and go whither He would have us go. Henry Ward Beecher
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In the family, happiness is in the ratio in which each is serving the others, seeking one another's good, and bearing one another's burdens. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is part and parcel of every man's life to develop beauty in himself. All perfect things have in them an element of beauty. 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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Every city should make the common school so rich, so large, so ample, so beautiful in its endowments, and so fruitful in its results, that a private school will not be able to live under the drip of it. Henry Ward Beecher
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It's not work that kills [people], it is worry. Henry Ward Beecher
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I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer's butterfly? Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coalpit, and twice as foul. Henry Ward Beecher
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True politeness is the spirit of benevolence showing itself in a refined way. It is the expression of good-will and kindness. It promotes both beauty in the man who possesses it, and happiness in those who are about him. It is a religious duty, and should be a part of religious training. Henry Ward Beecher
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Reason is a permanent blessing of God to the soul. Without it there can be no large religion. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men must read for amusement as well as for knowledge. Henry Ward Beecher
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What place is so rugged and so homely that there is no beauty; if you only have a sensibility to beauty? Henry Ward Beecher
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Men do not avail themselves of the riches of God's grace. They love to nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy without some fret as an old friar would be without his hair girdle. They are commanded to cast their cares upon the Lord, but even when they attempt it, they do not fail to catch them up again, and think it meritorious to walk burdened. Henry Ward Beecher
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Death? Translated into the heavenly tongue, that word means life! Henry Ward Beecher
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Going out into life-that is dying. Christ is the door out of life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Half the spiritual difficulties that men and women suffer arise from a morbid state of health. Henry Ward Beecher
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God is the one great employer, thinker, planner, supervisor. Henry Ward Beecher
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God wishes to exhaust all means of kindness before His hand takes hold on justice. Henry Ward Beecher
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Sorrows, as storms, bring down the clouds close to the earth; sorrows bring heaven down close; and they are instruments of cleansing and purifying. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are sorrows that are not painful, but are of the nature of some acids, and give piquancy and flavor to life. Henry Ward Beecher
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Success surely comes with conscience in the long run, other things being equal. Capacity and fidelity are commercially profitable qualities. Henry Ward Beecher
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Theology is but a science of applied to God. As schools change theology must necessarily change. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas of truth are not. Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged. Henry Ward Beecher
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I would much rather fight pride than vanity, because pride has a stand-up way of fighting. You know where it is. It throws its black shadow on you, and you are not at a loss where to strike. But vanity is that delusive, that insectiferous, that multiplied feeling, and men that fight vanities are like men that fight midges and butterflies. It is easier to chase them than to hit them. Henry Ward Beecher
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Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. Henry Ward Beecher
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It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? Henry Ward Beecher
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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors. Henry Ward Beecher
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A library is but the soul's burial-ground. It is the land of shadows. Henry Ward Beecher
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No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets. Henry Ward Beecher
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You may say, I wish to send this ball so as to kill the lion crouching yonder, ready to spring upon me. My wishes are all right, and I hope Providence will direct the ball. Providence won't. You must do it; and if you do not, you are a dead man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel, in which truth asserts its divine origin. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joy - these three. It is the light in the window of the face by which the heart signifies to father, husband, or friend that it is at home and waiting. Henry Ward Beecher
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Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry. If he has charged you with anything, you had better look it up. Anger is a bow that will shoot sometimes where another feeling will not. 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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Blessed be mirthfulness! It is one of the renovators of the world. Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh. Henry Ward Beecher
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Go on your knees before God. Bring all your idols; bring self-will, and pride, and every evil lust before Him, and give them up. Devote yourself, heart and soul, to His will; and see if you do not know of the doctrine. Henry Ward Beecher
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Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children; on this side captives, on that freemen; on this side disguised, unknown, on that disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God. Henry Ward Beecher
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Education is only like good culture, - it changes the size, but not the sort. 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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