Henry Ward Beecher

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.

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Books are not men, and yet they stay alive.

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

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

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

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

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

The most dangerous people are the ignorant.

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.

The dog is the god of frolic.

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.

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

A church debt is the devil's salary.

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

'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.

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Of all escape mechanisms death is the most efficient.

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

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

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

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

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

Success is full of promise till one gets it and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.

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

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

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.

Riches are not an end of life but an instrument of life.

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

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

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

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

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

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!

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

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

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

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

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not according to what he has.

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.

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.

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

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom but it is always on her heart.

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

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands 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.

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.

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

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

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

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Love is the river of life in the world.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

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

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

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

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

The true secret of giving advice is after you have honestly given it to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.

Laughter is day and sobriety is night, a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both more bewitching than either.

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.

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly, more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet than on the most memorable battlefields in history.

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

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.

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.

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

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

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation and there must be a vent.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

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

God made man to go by motives and he will not go without them any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

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

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

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

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

It's not the work which kills people it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.

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

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.

It is not what we take up but what we give up that makes us rich.

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

Well married a person has wings poorly married shackles.

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

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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.

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.

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

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

Now comes the mystery.

In this world full often our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.

The worst thing in this world next to anarchy is government.

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

Expedients are for the hour but principles are for the ages.

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

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

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

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.

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

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

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

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