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Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Affliction comes to us all not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is a power in the human mind ... to see things as they are ... but there is equally a power to see things as they might be. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Men's best successes come after their disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher
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I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. 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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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Leaves die, but trees do not. They only undress. Henry Ward Beecher
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Not another flag has such an errand, carrying everywhere, the world around, such hope for freedom such glorious tidings. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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We will never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men. Henry Ward Beecher
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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying I will not forgive. A forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man. 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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A man that is afraid is never a man. 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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We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents. Henry Ward Beecher
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Work is not the curse, but drudgery is. Henry Ward Beecher
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... commerce dies the moment, and is sick in the degree in which men cannot trust each other. Henry Ward Beecher
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And what the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin. Henry Ward Beecher
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Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. Henry Ward Beecher
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We sleep, but the loom of life never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when the sun comes up tomorrow. Henry Ward Beecher
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We under no circumstances know the appreciate of your parent till we develop into dad and mom ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher
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Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Henry Ward Beecher
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A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many men build as cathedrals are 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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Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent. Henry Ward Beecher
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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 fear of doing right is the grand treason in times of danger. Henry Ward Beecher
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The commerce of the world is conducted by the strong, and usually it operates against the weak. 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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A man that does not love praise is not a full man. Henry Ward Beecher
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Many men are stored full of unused knowledge. Like loaded guns that are never fired off, or military magazines in times of peace, they are stuffed with useless ammunition. Henry Ward Beecher
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