Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. Henry Ward Beecher

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

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses. Henry Ward Beecher

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

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. Henry Ward Beecher

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself. Henry Ward Beecher

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. Henry Ward Beecher

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life. Henry Ward Beecher

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung. Henry Ward Beecher

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next. Henry Ward Beecher

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher

Books are not men and yet they stay alive. Henry Ward Beecher

O Lord God, we pray that we may be inspired to nobleness of life in the least things. May we dignify all our daily life. May we set such a sacredness upon every part of our life, that nothing shall be trivial, nothing unimportant, and nothing dull, in the daily round. Henry Ward Beecher

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all. Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers may beckon todwards us, but they speak todward heaven and God. Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock. Henry Ward Beecher

It is sometimes of God's mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane - putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track and from ruin. Henry Ward Beecher

As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them. Henry Ward Beecher

Rich men are to bear the infirmities of the poor, and wise are to bear the mistakes of the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher

There is an army of waiters in this world. Henry Ward Beecher

Someone calls biography the home aspect of history. Henry Ward Beecher

It is the triumph of civilization that at last communities have obtained such a mastery over natural laws that they drive and control them. The winds, the water, electricity, all aliens that in their wild form were dangerous, are now controlled by human will, and are made useful servants. Henry Ward Beecher

Some people are so dry that you might soak them in a joke for a month and it would not get through their skins. Henry Ward Beecher

A dull ax never loves grindstones. Henry Ward Beecher

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. We should live for the future, and yet find our life in the fidelities of the present; the last is only the method of the first. Henry Ward Beecher

All the wide world is but the husbandry of God for the development of the one fruit-man. Henry Ward Beecher

Every man carries a menagerie in himself; and, by stirring him up all around, you will find every sort of animal represented there. Henry Ward Beecher

All higher motives, ideals, conceptions, sentiments in a man are of no account if they do not come forward to strengthen him for the better discharge of the duties which devolve upon him in the ordinary affairs of life. Henry Ward Beecher

Blessed are the happiness makers. Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer. Henry Ward Beecher

Intelligence increases mere physical ability one half. The use of the head abridges the labor of the hands. Henry Ward Beecher

I would rather speak the truth to ten men than blandishments and lying to a million. Try it, ye who think there is nothing in it! Try what it is to speak with God behind you, to speak so as to be only the arrow in the bow which the Almighty draws. Henry Ward Beecher

It takes a man to make a devil; and the fittest man for such a purpose is a snarling, waspish, red-hot, fiery creditor. Henry Ward Beecher

To do good work a man should no doubt be industrious. To do great work he must certainly be idle a well. Henry Ward Beecher

Not another flag has such an errand, carrying everywhere, the world around, such hope for freedom such glorious tidings. Henry Ward Beecher

Memory can glean, but can never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone. Henry Ward Beecher

Men's best successes come after their disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. Henry Ward Beecher

A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative; but when a nation's young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung. Henry Ward Beecher

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand 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

We will never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents. Henry Ward Beecher

We sleep, but the loom of live never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up to-morrow. Henry Ward Beecher

A man should fear when he enjoys only what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity, rather than the charity, that he loves? Henry Ward Beecher

No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself. Henry Ward Beecher

If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road. Henry Ward Beecher

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week. Henry Ward Beecher

There is an army of memorable sufferers who suffer inwardly and not outwardly. The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly. More heroism has there been displayed in the household and in the closet, I think, than on the most memorable military battlefields of history. Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers may beckon towards us, but they speak toward heaven and God. Henry Ward Beecher

God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more. O love! O affliction! ye are the guides that show us the way through the great airy space where our loved ones walked; and, as hounds easily follow the scent before the dew be risen, so God teaches us, while yet our sorrow is wet, to follow on and find our dear ones in heaven. Henry Ward Beecher

I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses. Henry Ward Beecher

All true religion must stand on true morality. Henry Ward Beecher

He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man. Henry Ward Beecher

The great men of earth are the shadow men, who, having lived and died, now live again and forever through their undying thoughts. Thus living, though their footfalls are heard no more, their voices are louder than the thunder, and unceasing as the flow of tides or air. Henry Ward Beecher

What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge! Henry Ward Beecher

It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it. Henry Ward Beecher

Self-denial does not belong to religion as characteristic of it; it belongs to human life; the lower nature must always be denied when you are trying to rise to a higher sphere. Henry Ward Beecher

We know much of a writer by his style. An open and imperious disposition is shown in short sentences, direct and energetic. A secretive and proud mind is cold and obscure in style. An affectionate and imaginative nature pours out luxuriantly, and blossoms all over with ornament. Henry Ward Beecher

Thinking is creating with God, as thinking is writing with the ready writer; and worlds are only leaves turned over in the process of composition, about his throne. Henry Ward Beecher

Titles are too "thin" for the nineteenth century. Henry Ward Beecher

Men can make an idol of the Bible. Henry Ward Beecher

We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. Henry Ward Beecher

Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost. Henry Ward Beecher

There is no true and abiding morality that is not founded in religion. Henry Ward Beecher

Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. Henry Ward Beecher

Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth. Henry Ward Beecher

Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time. Henry Ward Beecher

A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows. Henry Ward Beecher

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