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438 Inspiring Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

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Wikipedia Summary for Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial. His rhetorical focus on Christ's love has influenced mainstream Christianity to this day.

Henry Ward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his era. Several of his brothers and sisters became well-known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame with her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Amherst College in 1834 and Lane Theological Seminary in 1837 before serving as a minister in Indianapolis and Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

In 1847, Beecher became the first pastor of the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. He soon acquired fame on the lecture circuit for his novel oratorical style in which he employed humor, dialect, and slang. Over the course of his ministry, he developed a theology emphasizing God's love above all else. He also grew interested in social reform, particularly the abolitionist movement. In the years leading up to the Civil War, he raised money to purchase slaves from captivity and to send rifles—nicknamed "Beecher's Bibles"—to abolitionists fighting in Kansas. He toured Europe during the Civil War, speaking in support of the Union.

After the war, Beecher supported social reform causes such as women's suffrage and temperance. He also championed Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, stating that it was not incompatible with Christian beliefs. He was widely rumored to be an adulterer, and in 1872 the Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly published a story about his affair with Elizabeth Richards Tilton, the wife of his friend and former co-worker Theodore Tilton. In 1874, Tilton filed charges for "criminal conversation" against Beecher. The subsequent trial resulted in a hung jury and was one of the most widely reported trials of the century.

Beecher's long career in the public spotlight led biographer Debby Applegate to call her biography of him The Most Famous Man in America.

iceberg near mountain during day

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. It is a blessed baptism which gives the first waking thoughts into the bosom of God.



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Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown rock formation

Sorrow is Mount Sinai. If one will, one may go up and talk with God, face to face.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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The best stock a man can invest in, is the stock of a farm; the best shares are plow shares; and the best banks are the fertile banks of a rural stream; the more these are broken the better dividends they pay.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Everyone has conscience enough to hate; few have religion enough to love.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown rock formation

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

--Henry Ward Beecher

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

green bird perching on stem

Some people are proud of their humility.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple flower

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Love is not a possession but a growth. The heart is a lamp with just oil enough to burn for an hour, and if there be no oil to put in again its light will go out. God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.

--Henry Ward Beecher


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

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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God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.

--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

brown rock formation

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstance; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and past.


pink tulip flower

If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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When men enter into the state of marriage, they stand nearest to God.

--Henry Ward Beecher

orange flowers

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue wooden door opened

A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

A library is but the soul's burial ground; it is the land of shadows. Yet one is impressed with the thought, the labor, and the struggle, represented in this vast catacomb of books. Who could dream, by the placid waters that issue from the level mouths of brooks into the lake, all the plunges, the whirls, the divisions, and foaming rushes that had brought them down to the tranquil exit? And who can guess through what channels of disturbance, and experiences of sorrow, the heart passed that has emptied into this Dead Sea of books?


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If Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God in the experience of those who trust and love Him, there needs no further argument of His divinity.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.



swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

There is no part of government which cannot better suffer derangement than the ballot. If you strike the ballot with disease, it is heart disease.

--Henry Ward Beecher

landscape photography of trees

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Indifference in religion is more fatal than skepticism. There is no pulse in indifference; skepticism may have warm blood.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man in black pants sitting on chair

A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Blue to purple gradient

There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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If we would have anything of benefit, we must earn it, and earning it become shrewd, inventive, ingenious, active, enterprising.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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When a man sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil, and sells himself for the value of an ounce.

--Henry Ward Beecher


blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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Customs represent the experience of mankind.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black and blue starry night

There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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Love is God's loaf; and this is that feeding for which we are taught to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."

--Henry Ward Beecher

green trees under white clouds

We go to the grave of a friend saying, "A man is dead,"
but angels throng about him saying, "A man is born.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green trees on body of water during daytime

There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown mountain

Many yet are the secret truths of God which will be unfolded as they are needed.

--Henry Ward Beecher

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Everything that happens in this world is a part of a great plan of God running through all time.

--Henry Ward Beecher

raging waves through shores

Pride slays thanksgiving ... A prideful man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.


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The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

The sun does not shine for a few trees, and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. The lonely pine on the mountain-top waves its sombre boughs and cries, 'Thou art my sun.' And the little meadow violet lifts its cup of blue, and whispers with its perfumed breath, 'Thou art my sun.' And the grain in a thousand fields rustles in the wind, and makes answer, 'Thou art my sun.' So God sits effulgent in heaven, not for a favored few, but for the universe of life; and there is no creature so poor or so low that he may not look up with childish confidence and say, 'My Father, Thou art mine.


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Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments.

--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 it comes up in the morning.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and pink roses on pink wall

Evil men of every degree will use you, flatter you, lead you on until you are useless; then, if the virtuous do not pity you, or God compassionate, you are without a friend in the universe.

--Henry Ward Beecher

raging waves through shores

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no person can tell what becomes of his or her influence and example.

--Henry Ward Beecher


pink rose

Every fresh act of benevolence is the herald of deeper satisfaction; every charitable act a stepping-stone towards heaven.

--Henry Ward Beecher

mountains under white mist at daytime

Going out into life -- that is dying. Christ is the door out of life.

--Henry Ward Beecher


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Flowers ... have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its rigor.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

Death is not an end. It is a new impulse.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory.

--Henry Ward Beecher

telescope

God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts.

--Henry Ward Beecher


purple petaled flower

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth.



shallow focus photography of white flowers

Maple-trees are the cows of trees (spring-milked).

--Henry Ward Beecher

rainbow

The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.

--Henry Ward Beecher

landscape photography of road at savannah

Men must read for amusement as well as for knowledge.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green water in close up photography

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

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Good-humor makes all things tolerable.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue painted wall with white paint

A man who does not know how to be angry, does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.

--Henry Ward Beecher

rock mountain during starry night

Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.

--Henry Ward Beecher


jellyfish under water photo

There ought to be such an atmosphere in every Christian church that a man going there and sitting two hours should take the contagion of heaven, and carry home a fire to kindle the altar whence he came.

--Henry Ward Beecher

orange room with open door

Victories that come cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.

--Henry Ward Beecher


silver bell alarm clock

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.

--Henry Ward Beecher

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.

--Henry Ward Beecher

body of water

If every child might live the life predestined in a mother's heart, all the way from the cradle to the coffin, he would walk upon a beam of light, and shine in glory.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Mirth is God's medicine.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

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



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God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.

--Henry Ward Beecher

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Fear is the soul's signal for rallying.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple flowered hedge plants

Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree ... but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement... that requires a heroism which is transcendent.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

I have known many an instance of a man writing a letter and forgetting to sign his name, but this is the only instance I have ever known of a man signing his name and forgetting to write the letter.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Men who neglect Christ, and try to win heaven through moralities, are like sailors at sea in a storm, who pull, some at the bowsprit and some at the mainmast, but never touch the helm.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself. Religion is relative to the individual.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grassland landscape

Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunflower field during daytime

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red yellow and blue paint

Titles are too "thin" for the nineteenth century.

--Henry Ward Beecher

forest near mountain alps

We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

A mother is as different from anything else that God ever thought of, as can possibly be. She is a distinct and individual creation.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink flower with green stem

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white rose flower

A practical, matter-of-fact man is like a wagon without springs: every single pebble on the road jolts him; but a man with imagination has springs that break the jar and jolt.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green trees under white clouds

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Men judge of Christians by taking as fair samples those that lie rotten on the ground.

--Henry Ward Beecher



brown leaf tree facing the lake

Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person holding pocket watch

You are not called to be a canary in a cage. You are called to be an eagle, and to fly sun to sun, over continents.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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A man's ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth whether rich or poor.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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

--Henry Ward Beecher


water on seashore

The religion of Jesus Christ is not ascetic, nor sour, nor gloomy, nor circumscribing. It is full of sweetness in the present and in promise.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red metal bridge over river

Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person in black and white mask

October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black wooden door near green plant

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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There was never a person who did anything worth doing that he did not receive more than he gave.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin.

--Henry Ward Beecher

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.

--Henry Ward Beecher

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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The church is no more religion than the masonry of the aqueduct is the water that flows through it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink rose in close up photography

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white brick wall

Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement.

--Henry Ward Beecher


five woman standing on seashore

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence.

--Henry Ward Beecher

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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We ought to be ten times as hungry for knowledge as for food for the body.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near victory as when you are defeated in a good cause.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black portable vinyl records

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Give us that calm certainty of truth, that nearness to Thee, that conviction of the reality of the life to come, which we shall need to bear us through the troubles of this.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn-book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up in the air.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them -- the senses, intelligent companions, and books.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a But.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may, swell.

--Henry Ward Beecher


white desk lamp beside green plant

So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep.

--Henry Ward Beecher

girl and boy figurines

Our life is in the loom; it rolls up and is hidden as fast as it is woven. It is to be taken out of the loom only when we leave this world; then only shall we see the pattern.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of woman during sunset

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Coming to the Bible through commentaries is much like looking at a landscape through garret windows, over which generations of unmolested spiders have spun their webs.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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A man that puts himself on the ground of moral principle, if the whole world be against him, is mightier than all of them.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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All work and no plagiarism makes for dull sermons!

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset highway

All the sobriety which' religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces.

--Henry Ward Beecher

short-beak red bird on tree

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

--Henry Ward Beecher


empty seashore near high-rise building

A coat that is not used, the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted-the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.

--Henry Ward Beecher



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If Christ is not divine, every impulse of the Christian world falls to a lower octave, and light and love and hope decline.

--Henry Ward Beecher


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Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all.

--Henry Ward Beecher

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

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

grayscale photography of elephant

Adversity is the mint in which God stamps upon man his image and superscription.

--Henry Ward Beecher

shallow focus photography of books

Love is the river of life in the world.

--Henry Ward Beecher




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If you have only two or three things that you can enjoy and they are things which time and decay may remove from you, what are you going to do in old age?

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue sky with white clouds

If there's a job to be done, I always ask the busiest man in my parish to take it on and it gets done.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grayscale photography of elephant

We never know the love of the parent for the child till we become parents.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

brown and gray brick wall

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

icy mountain scenery

When the old creeds are threadbare, and worn through, And all too narrow for the broadening soul, Give me the fine, firm texture of the new, Fair, beautiful and whole!

--Henry Ward Beecher


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Love is the wine of existence. When you have taken that, you have taken the most precious drop that there is in the cluster.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man facing women near forest

No matter who reigns, the merchant reigns.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

The world is God's workshop for making men in.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Your greatest pleasure is that which rebounds from hearts that you have made glad.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman standing on beachfront

People may talk about the equality of the sexes! They are not equal. The silent smile of a sensible, loving woman will vanquish ten men.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

The tidal wave of God's providence is carrying liberty throughout the globe.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and black soccer ball on grass field

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.

--Henry Ward Beecher


flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

--Henry Ward Beecher


blue and black abstract painting

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

person holding pocket watch

Rain, whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.

--Henry Ward Beecher



pink flowers in vase

Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.

--Henry Ward Beecher

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

Repentance is another name for aspiration.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

A man who cannot get angry is like a stream that cannot overflow, that is always turbid. Sometimes indignation is as good as a thunderstorm in summer, clearing and cooling the air.

--Henry Ward Beecher

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

It is not in the nature of true greatness to be exclusive and arrogant.

--Henry Ward Beecher

photography of burning camp fire

A man should fear when he only enjoys what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity rather than the charity he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities?

--Henry Ward Beecher


top view photography of heart latte coffee

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

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.



elephants on green grass field during daytime

Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort.

--Henry Ward Beecher


red and white led lighted heart decor

Involved sentences, crooked, circuitous, and parenthetical, no matter how musically they may be balanced, are prejudicial to a facile understanding of the truth.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue and black abstract painting

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

--Henry Ward Beecher


sunset

There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those, who will.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman standing on cliff

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

Books are the true metempsychosis, -- they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Arizona landscape

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white smoke

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grassland landscape

There is an army of waiters in this world.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and blue building under clear sky

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to the light, always pursuing vermin and never hunting noble game.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of kneeling man

No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion.

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset highway

Nothing is orderly till man takes hold of it. Everything in creation lies around loose.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Good nature is often a mere matter of health.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow flower field under clear sky

Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.

--Henry Ward Beecher

orange leaves tree

John Wesley quaintly observed that the road to heaven is a narrow path, not intended for wheels, and that to ride in a coach here and to go to heaven hereafter, was a happiness too much for man.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct.

--Henry Ward Beecher

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Someone calls biography the home aspect of history.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silver round analog wall clock

There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now.

--Henry Ward Beecher


white printer paper on brown wooden table

Nothing can compare in beauty, and wonder, and admirableness, and divinity itself, to the silent work in obscure dwellings of faithful women bringing their children to honor and virtue and piety.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white wall paint with white paint

There are some men's souls that are so thin, so almost destitute of what is the true idea of soul, that were not the guardian angels so keen-sighted, they would altogether overlook them.

--Henry Ward Beecher

lighted candles on man's hand lying on the floor

No man can tell if he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

--Henry Ward Beecher

landscape photography of green tree

Beauty may be said to be God's trademark in creation.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and black floral textile

The mere wit is only a human bauble. He is to life what bells are to horses-not expected to draw the load, but only to jingle while the horses draw.

--Henry Ward Beecher

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

Be a hard master to yourself -- and be lenient to everybody else.

--Henry Ward Beecher

forest trees photograph

Reading is a dissuasion from immorality. Reading stands in the place of company.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grayscale photo of desert

We should live and labor in our time that what came to us as a seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom, may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress.

--Henry Ward Beecher

shade under a green-leafed tree

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

top view of green succulent plants

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.

--Henry Ward Beecher

low angle photography of purple sky

There is nothing that is so wonderfully created as the human soul. There is something of God in it. We are infinite in the future, though we are finite in the past.

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink tulips in close up photography

Do not be afraid because the, community teems with excitement. Silence and death are dreadful. The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red rose with droplets

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

--Henry Ward Beecher


bird in the sky

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

landscape photography of waves and clouds

You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.

--Henry Ward Beecher

two clown fishes underwater

Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown leaf tree facing the lake

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.

--Henry Ward Beecher

water color palette on white surface

A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink and green flower painting

He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of trees during sunset

Some folks think that Christianity means a kind of insurance policy, and that it has little to do with this life, but that it is a very good thing when a man dies.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown leaf tree facing the lake

The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.

--Henry Ward Beecher

flower garden

Now comes the mystery.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

Now comes the mystery! (last words).


green leaf

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

man running on seashore

Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer.

--Henry Ward Beecher

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue and white abstract painting

God planted fear in the soul as truly as he planted hope or courage. Pear is a kind of bell, or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance upon the approach of danger. It is the soul's signal for rallying.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow flower in green grass field

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.

--Henry Ward Beecher

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

This world is magnificent for strangers and pilgrims, but miserable for residents.

--Henry Ward Beecher

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.

--Henry Ward Beecher

photo of underwater

Selfishness at the expense of others happiness is demonism.

--Henry Ward Beecher



white and black boat on sea during daytime

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white tulips with green leaves

Some of God's noblest sons, I think, will be selected from those that know how to take wealth, with all its temptations, and maintain godliness therewith. It is hard to be a saint standing in a golden niche.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green trees on body of water during daytime

Nothing can be more airy and beautiful than the transparent seed-globe-a fairy dome of splendid architecture.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blooming yellow sunflower field

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and blue building under clear sky

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green-leafed plant

Our earthly loves are but so many silver steps leading us up to the great golden love of God.

--Henry Ward Beecher


beige concrete wall

May we be satisfied with nothing that shall not have in it something of immortality.

--Henry Ward Beecher


body of water under clear blue sky painting

Why is not a rat as good as a rabbit? Why should men eat shrimps and neglect cockroaches?

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow flower field during sunset

Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green leafed trees with fog

Ignorance is the womb of monsters.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green-leafed plant

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget," is only another way of saying, "I will not forgive."

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note -- torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.



bare trees under blue sky

Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body.

--Henry Ward Beecher

painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is.

--Henry Ward Beecher

low angle view of blue clouds

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hard put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction.


yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.

--Henry Ward Beecher


pink tulips in clear glass vase

It takes longer for man to find out man than any other creature that is made.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

That was a judicious mother who said, "I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black

There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure-bearin g, that you instinctively feel in their presence that they do you good; whose coming into a room is like bringing a lamp there.

--Henry Ward Beecher


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful bwefore all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? The exterior is not persuasive.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue textile on brown wooden table

The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white wooden table near brown chair

Too much looking backward ... is bad for progress.

--Henry Ward Beecher

close shot of yellow flowers

Well married, a man is winged--ill-matched, he is shackled.

--Henry Ward Beecher


chocolate

He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.

--Henry Ward Beecher

None

Like waves, our feelings may continue by repeating themselves, by intermittent rushes; but no emotion any more than a wave can long retain its own individual form.

--Henry Ward Beecher


blue and white abstract painting

Mirthfulness is in the mind and you cannot get it out. It is just as good in its place as conscience or veneration.

--Henry Ward Beecher


Longer Version:

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, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.


silhouette of a person during sunset

There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtue, to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow and black striped background

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. If there be no false retainer within who holds treacherous parley, there can scarcely be even an offer.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and black soccer ball on grass field

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple flowered hedge plants

October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming -- October than May. Every green thin loves to die in bright colors.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette photography of trees and sky

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow flower field during sunset

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.

--Henry Ward Beecher

people near body of water

A man's religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious; if the Lord Jesus Christ is his schoolmaster, then he is Christianly religious.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue and white light digital wallpaper

A book is a garden; A book is an orchard; A book is a storehouse; A book is a party. It is company by the way; it is a counselor; it is a multitude of counselors.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple flowers under cloudy sky

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man, by one lower than himself.

--Henry Ward Beecher

gray leaves

Next to the pastoral came the agricultural life. When you add to that the manufacturing phase of development, society begins to fill out, and needs but wings to fly, and commerce is its wings.

--Henry Ward Beecher

body of water under clear blue sky painting

The great lever by which to raise and save the world is the unbounded love and mercy of God.

--Henry Ward Beecher

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white wall paint with white wall paint

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

man smiling while facing other person

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green-leafed trees during daytime

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown and white bird on tree branch

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

--Henry Ward Beecher

snowy mountain

‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white

When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silver round analog wall clock

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

--Henry Ward Beecher


grass field under cloudy sky

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green and white painted wall

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.

--Henry Ward Beecher


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

That is the best baptism that leaves the man cleanest inside.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown mountain

Whoever makes home seem to the young dearer and more happy, is a public benefactor.

--Henry Ward Beecher

two gold-colored skeleton keys

A dull ax never loves grindstones.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown leaf tree facing the lake

We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit.

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue and white light digital wallpaper

A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?

--Henry Ward Beecher

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.

--Henry Ward Beecher

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset highway

Nothing goes far which has not the wings of love to make it buoyant, so that it can fly.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

God bless the good-natured, for they bless everybody else.

--Henry Ward Beecher


white satellite dish under starry night

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

--Henry Ward Beecher

aerial photography of forest

What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

--Henry Ward Beecher


None

Christians should be like a flower store: the odor of sanctity should betray them wherever they are.

--Henry Ward Beecher


silhouette of kneeling man

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

--Henry Ward Beecher

photography of white sky at golden hour

Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed. It shows how much good men require of us.

--Henry Ward Beecher

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow pen

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

--Henry Ward Beecher


yellow tulip flowers

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

--Henry Ward Beecher


backdrop orange

It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of off-road car

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

--Henry Ward Beecher


selective focus photography of stones on sand

Words are pegs to hang ideas on.

--Henry Ward Beecher



two women walking on bridge during daytime

One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

It is not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned. It is not what we intend, but what we do that makes us useful. It is not a few faint wishes, but a life long struggle, that makes us valiant.

--Henry Ward Beecher

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

--Henry Ward Beecher

stars across the sky view at the desert

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

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Flowers are sent to do God's work in unrevealed paths, and to diffuse influence by channels that we hardly suspect.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green trees under white clouds

See to it that each hour's feelings, and thoughts, and actions are pure and true; then will your life be such.

--Henry Ward Beecher

dew drops on glass panel

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.

--Henry Ward Beecher

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown wooden dock under night sky

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red flower in shallow focus lens

No one thing does human life more need than a kind consideration of the faults of others. Every one sins; everyone needs forbearance. Our own imperfections should teach us to be merciful.

--Henry Ward Beecher

purple and white petaled flower

Weak minds may be injured by novel-reading; but sensible people find both amusement and instruction therein.

--Henry Ward Beecher

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined, and developed into something higher and nobler and better than he is by nature. Life is one prolonged birth.

--Henry Ward Beecher


white flower in grayscale photography

Flowers may beckon towards us, but they speak toward heaven and God.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of trees during nighttime

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.

--Henry Ward Beecher

red flowers with water droplets

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Man is that name of power which rises above them all, and gives to every one the right to be that which God meant he should be.

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset

There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing.

--Henry Ward Beecher

man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

A mother has, perhaps, the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown.

--Henry Ward Beecher



white concrete building

The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower?

--Henry Ward Beecher



selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

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

close up shot of white flower

A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Longer Version:

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.


yellow flowers blooming at field

Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual; the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green palm plant

Morality must always precede and accompany religion, and yet religion is much more than morality.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

If a man has come to that point where he is no content that he says; I do not want to know any more, or do any more or be any more, he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white wall paint with black shadow

Education will not come of itself; it will never come unless you seek it; it will not come unless you take the first steps which lead to it; but, taking these steps, every man can acquire it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

None

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.

--Henry Ward Beecher


white and black boat on sea during daytime

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.

--Henry Ward Beecher

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Truths are first clouds; then rain, then harvest and food.

--Henry Ward Beecher

yellow flowers blooming at field

Never be grandiloquent when you want to drive home a searching truth. Don't whip with a switch that has the leaves on, if you want it to tingle.

--Henry Ward Beecher

high-angle photography of beach side

Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white swan on blue sea during daytime

It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds.

--Henry Ward Beecher

pink flower with green stem

Wherever you have seen God pass, mark that spot, and go and sit in that window again.

--Henry Ward Beecher

full moon in the sky

Every man should use his intellect, not as he uses his lamp in the study, only for his own seeing, but as the lighthouse uses its lamps, that those afar off on the seas may see the shining, and learn their way.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

They who refuse education to a black man would turn the South into a vast poorhouse, and labor into a pendulum, necessity vibrating between poverty and indolence.

--Henry Ward Beecher

rock mountain during starry night

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.

--Henry Ward Beecher

island during daytime

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

--Henry Ward Beecher



yellow and blue painted wall

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

He is the happiest man who is engaged in a business which tasks the most faculties of his mind.

--Henry Ward Beecher

analog clock at 5:55

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

sunset

No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them.

--Henry Ward Beecher

woman carrying baby while walking

What is the disposition which makes men rejoice in good bargains? There are few people who will not be benefited by pondering over the morals of shopping.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: Lord, teach me compassion, but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.

--Henry Ward Beecher


sun

A man's true estate of power and riches is to be in himself; not in his dwelling or position or external relations, but in his own essential character.

--Henry Ward Beecher

brown wooden board

Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot, and letting him hang upon the fatal mesh until the long-legged interest devours him.

--Henry Ward Beecher

beach during daytime

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practise it while they hear.

--Henry Ward Beecher




white flower graphic wallpaper

A republican government in a hundred points is weaker than an autocratic government; but in this one point it is the strongest that ever existed -- it has educated a race of men that are men.

--Henry Ward Beecher



swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

Success surely comes with conscience in the long run, other things being equal. Capacity and fidelity are commercially profitable qualities.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and black boat on sea during daytime

The one great poem of New England is her Sunday.

--Henry Ward Beecher

calm ocean

It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature. But those who have a psssion for nature in the natural way, need no pictures nor gallereies. Spring is their designer, and the whole year their artist.

--Henry Ward Beecher

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

The God of the Bible is a moral monstrosity.

--Henry Ward Beecher

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.

--Henry Ward Beecher

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

A church debt is the devil's salary.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast in it to raise it.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.

--Henry Ward Beecher

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Love is the medicine of all moral evil. By it the world is to be cured of sin.

--Henry Ward Beecher


red flame

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

--Henry Ward Beecher

raindrops on clear window

Sophistry is the fallacy of argument.

--Henry Ward Beecher


bonfire in forest

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

--Henry Ward Beecher

blue sky with white clouds

Let the grateful heart sweep through the day that it may recognize in every hour some sweet blessing.

--Henry Ward Beecher

grass field under cloudy sky

The monkey is an organized Sarcasm upon the human race.

--Henry Ward Beecher

lighted candle in dark room

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


purple flowers under sunny sky

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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You cannot play the hypocrite before God; and to obtain pardon you must cease to sin, as well as to be exercised by a spirit of repentance.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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A man never has good luck who has a bad wife.

--Henry Ward Beecher

white and gray floral bed sheet

Expedients are for an hour, but principles are for the ages. Just because the rains descend and winds blow, we cannot afford to build on shifting sands.

--Henry Ward Beecher

person in black and white mask

God puts the excess of hope in one man, in order that it may be a medicine to the man who is despondent.

--Henry Ward Beecher

people walking on hallway

Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence.

--Henry Ward Beecher

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity.

--Henry Ward Beecher

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

When a man has no longer any conception of excellence above his own, his voyage is done, he is dead, -- dead in trespasses and sin of blear-eyed vanity.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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