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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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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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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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A man who does not love praise is not a full man. Henry Ward Beecher
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God asks no man whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how. Henry Ward Beecher
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Victories that are easy are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting. Henry Ward Beecher
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When a man says that he is perfect already, there are only two places for him, and that is heaven or the lunatic asylum. Henry Ward Beecher
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Selfishness at the expense of others happiness is demonism. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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All true religion must stand on true morality. Henry Ward Beecher
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He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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Titles are too "thin" for the nineteenth century. Henry Ward Beecher
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Intelligence increases mere physical ability one half. The use of the head abridges the labor of the hands. Henry Ward Beecher
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Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. Henry Ward Beecher
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Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Rich men are to bear the infirmities of the poor, and wise are to bear the mistakes of the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is an army of waiters in this world. Henry Ward Beecher
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Someone calls biography the home aspect of history. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. Henry Ward Beecher
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The beginning is the promise of the end. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible. Henry Ward Beecher
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God's providence is on the side of clear heads. Henry Ward Beecher
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Some have supposed that the mosquito is of a devout turn, and never will partake of a meal without first saying grace. The devotions of some men are but a preface to blood-sucking. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is no true and abiding morality that is not founded in religion. Henry Ward Beecher
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Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. Henry Ward Beecher
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Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth. Henry Ward Beecher
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Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time. Henry Ward Beecher
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A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows. Henry Ward Beecher
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Let the GRATEFUL HEART sweep through the day that it may recognize in every hour some sweet blessing. Henry Ward Beecher
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The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences. Henry Ward Beecher
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Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven. Henry Ward Beecher
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In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Henry Ward Beecher
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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher
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A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. Henry Ward Beecher
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Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. Henry Ward Beecher
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Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more. Henry Ward Beecher
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The most dangerous people are the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher
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The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low. Henry Ward Beecher
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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher
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Men can make an idol of the Bible. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost. Henry Ward Beecher
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Boys have their soft and gentle moods too. You would suppose by the morning racket that nothing could be more foreign to their nature than romance and vague sadness. . . . But boys have hours of great sinking and sadness, when kindness and fondness are peculiarly needful to them. Henry Ward Beecher
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If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost. Henry Ward Beecher
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No church can be prospered in which all the ministration comes from the pulpit. Henry Ward Beecher
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There are not anywhere else so many ways of trickery, so many false lights, so many veils, so many guises, so many illusive deceits, as are practiced in every man's conscience in respect to his motives, thoughts, feelings, conduct, and character. Henry Ward Beecher
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We rejoice in God since he has taught us that every thing which is true in us, is but a faint expression of what is in him. And thus all our joys become to us the echo of higher joys, and our very life is as a dream of that nobler life, to which we shall awaken when we die. Henry Ward Beecher
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Blessed are the happiness-makers! Blessed are they that take away attritions, that remove friction, that make the courses of life smooth, and the intercourse of men gentle! Henry Ward Beecher
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When leisure is a selfish luxury, its very activity, when it stirs, is apt to be only a kind of indolence taking exercise, that it may the better digest its selfishness. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is not on earth so base a knave as the man who wins the love of a woman when he knows that he cannot or ought not to requite it. Henry Ward Beecher
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Earthly love is a brief and penurious stream, which only flows in spring, with a long summer drought. The change from a burning desert, treeless, springless, drear, to green fields and blooming orchards in June, is slight in comparison with that from the desert of this world's affection to the garden of God, where there is perpetual, tropical luxuriance of blessed love. Henry Ward Beecher
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