Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

The beginning is the promise of the end. Henry Ward Beecher

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible. Henry Ward Beecher

God's providence is on the side of clear heads. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may. Henry Ward Beecher

A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Education is only like good culture,-it changes the size, but not the sort. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Truthfulness is godliness. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Human life is God's outer church. Its needs and urgencies are priests and pastors. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Leaves die, but trees do not. They only undress. Henry Ward Beecher

A man that is afraid is never a man. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

We under no circumstances know the appreciate of your parent till we develop into dad and mom ourselves. 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

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

Work is not the curse, but drudgery is. Henry Ward Beecher

... commerce dies the moment, and is sick in the degree in which men cannot trust each other. Henry Ward Beecher

And what the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin. Henry Ward Beecher

Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No church can be prospered in which all the ministration comes from the pulpit. Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

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

There never was a liar that had not a spot in him where he could not help admiring truth. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. Henry Ward Beecher

Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself. Henry Ward Beecher

The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences. Henry Ward Beecher

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven. Henry Ward Beecher

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Henry Ward Beecher

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. Henry Ward Beecher

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. Henry Ward Beecher

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more. Henry Ward Beecher

The most dangerous people are the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Henry Ward Beecher

A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent. Henry Ward Beecher

Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. Henry Ward Beecher

The fear of doing right is the grand treason in times of danger. Henry Ward Beecher

The commerce of the world is conducted by the strong, and usually it operates against the weak. Henry Ward Beecher

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

A man that does not love praise is not a full man. Henry Ward Beecher

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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