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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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There never was a liar that had not a spot in him where he could not help admiring truth. 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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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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Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are 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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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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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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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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There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and embrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an enemy, and let fly the Bible at him to demolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive. Henry Ward Beecher
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Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. By these tendrils we clasp it and climb thitherward. And why do we think that we are separated from them? We never half knew them, nor in this world could. Henry Ward Beecher
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To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may. Henry Ward Beecher
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A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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A dull axe never loves grindstones, but a keen workman does; and he puts his tool on them in order that it may be sharp. And men do not like grinding; but they are dull for the purposes which God designs to work out with them, and therefore He is grinding them. 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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There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world,-a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills. Men take one who has offended, and set him down before the blowpipe of their indignation, and scorch him, and burn his fault into him; and when they have kneaded him sufficiently with their fiery fists, then-they forgive him. Henry Ward Beecher
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Truthfulness is godliness. Henry Ward Beecher
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I will not say it is not Christian to make beads of others faults, and tell them over every day; I say it is infernal. If you want to know how the Devil feels, you do know, if you are such an one. Henry Ward Beecher
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As warmth makes even glaciers trickle, and opens streams in the ribs of frozen mountains, so the heart knows the full flow and life of its grief only when it begins to melt and pass away. Henry Ward Beecher
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Human life is God's outer church. Its needs and urgencies are priests and pastors. Henry Ward Beecher
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Not thine the sorrow, but ours, sainted soul! Thou hast indeed entered into the promised land, while we are yet on the march. To us remain the rocking of the deep, the storm upon the land, days of duty and nights of watching; but thou are sphered high above all darkness and fear, beyond all sorrow and weariness. Rest, oh, weary heart! Henry Ward Beecher
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Leaves die, but trees do not. They only undress. Henry Ward Beecher
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A man that is afraid is never a man. 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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Prayer is often an argument of laziness: "Lord, my temper gives me a vast deal of inconvenience, and it would be a great task for me to correct it; and wilt thou be pleased to correct it for me, that I may get along easier?" If prayer was answered under such circumstances, independent of action of natural laws, it would be paying a premium on indolence. Henry Ward Beecher
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A cup of coffee - real coffee - home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfect! 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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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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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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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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If you attempt to beat a man down and to 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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A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track-an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity. Henry Ward Beecher
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Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry. Henry Ward Beecher
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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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He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. 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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God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. Henry Ward Beecher
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Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown. Henry Ward Beecher
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The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are. Henry Ward Beecher
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All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher
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The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. Henry Ward Beecher
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If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere. Henry Ward Beecher
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