Henry Ward Beecher Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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
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A dull ax never loves grindstones. Henry Ward Beecher
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All the wide world is but the husbandry of God for the development of the one fruit-man. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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Blessed are the happiness makers. Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer. 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself. Henry Ward Beecher
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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
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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
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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
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Flowers may beckon towards us, but they speak toward heaven and God. 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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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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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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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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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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People of too much sentiment are like fountains, whose overflow keeps a disagreeable puddle about them. Henry Ward Beecher
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Heaven answers with us the same purpose that the tuning-fork does with musicians. Our affections, the whole orchestra of them, are apt to get below the concert-pitch; and we take heaven to tune our hearts by. Henry Ward Beecher
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The law is a battery, which protects all that is behind it, but sweeps with destruction all that is outside. Henry Ward Beecher
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If we are like Christ, we shall seek, not to absorb, but to reflect the light which falls upon others, and thus we shall become pure and spotless. Henry Ward Beecher
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Love, in this world, is like a seed taken from the tropics, and planted where the winter comes too soon; and it cannot spread itself in flower-clusters and wide-twining vines, so that the whole air is filled with the perfume thereof. But there is to be another summer for it yet. Care for the root now, and God will care for the top by and by. Henry Ward Beecher
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Nothing goes far which has not the wings of love to make it buoyant, so that it can fly. Henry Ward Beecher
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Loving is like music. Some instruments can go up two octaves, some four, and some all the way from black thunder to sharp lightning. As some of them are susceptible only of melody, so some hearts can sing but one song of love, while others will fun in a full choral harmony. Henry Ward Beecher
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When there is love in the heart, there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues. Henry Ward Beecher
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A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true. Henry Ward Beecher
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There is an equator that runs just under the nose: all that live below the equator are animals; all that live above it are men. Henry Ward Beecher
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