Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

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i can forgive but i quote by henry ward beecher

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.

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greatness lies not  quote by henry ward beecher

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.

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the unthankful heart quote by henry ward beecher

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!

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it is one of the sev quote by henry ward beecher

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.

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young love is a flam quote by henry ward beecher

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Love is the river of life in the world.

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

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The most dangerous people are the ignorant.

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

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

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

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To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them - the whole leaf and root tribe."

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Wealth held by a class and used ambitiously becomes as despotic as an absolute monarchy, and has in its hands manners, customs, laws, institutions, and governments themselves.

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There are sorrows that are not painful, but are of the nature of some acids, and give piquancy and flavor to life.

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

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Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.

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

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Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

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All human affairs follow nature's great analogue, the growth of vegetation. There are three periods of growth in every plant. The first, and slowest, is the invisible growth by the root; the second and much accelerated is the visible growth by the stem; but when root and stem have gathered their forces, there comes the third period, in which the plant quickly flashes into blossom and rushes into fruit.

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Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.

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If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are.

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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.

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

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In the morning, we carry the world like Atlas; at noon, we stoop and bend beneath it; and at night, it crushes us flat to the ground.

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

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Blessed are the happiness-makers! Blessed are they that take away attritions, that remove friction, that make the courses of life smooth, and the intercourse of men gentle!

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Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw more from them as wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and bones.

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

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I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.

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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.

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The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive, and sensible, if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part.

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

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

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Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.

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Men's best successes come after their disappointments.

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Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.

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Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man's obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard!

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The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave.

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

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Speak of the appetite for drink; or of a bon-vivant's relish for dinner! What are these mere animal throes and ragings compared with those fantasies of taste, of those yearning of the imagination, of those insatiable appetites of intellect, which bewilder a student in a great bookseller's temptation-hall.

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

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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 circumstances; 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 are past.

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

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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.

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If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.

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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.

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

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Undoubtedly we render our consciences callous by evil indulgences; but we cannot entirely subdue that still, small voice.

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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.

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Caution and conservatism are expected of old age; but when the young men of a nation are possessed of such a spirit, when they are afraid of the noise and strife caused by the applications of the truth, heaven save the land! Its funeral bell has already rung.

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Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.

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

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Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

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

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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.

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Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it.

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

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

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A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.

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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 light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.

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The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad.

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It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.

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There is so much that is deaf and dumb in man, and so much that is paralyzed, so much that is shrunken, that nothing short of a miraculous touch of re-creation can make them at death perfect beings.

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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.

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Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God's worship.

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A good digestion is as truly obligatory as a good conscience; pure blood is as truly a part of mankind as a pure faith; and a well ordered skin is the first condition of that cleanliness which is next to Godliness.

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

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

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

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Happiness is not the end of life: character is.

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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.

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

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Never excuse yourself.

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

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There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coalpit, and twice as foul.

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

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The morbid states of health, the irritableness of disposition arising from unstrung nerves, the impatience, the crossness, the fault-finding of men, who, full of morbid influences, are unhappy themselves, and throw the cloud of their troubles like a dark shadow upon others, teach us what eminent duty there is in health.

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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.

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

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When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly - so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception.

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Men do not avail themselves of the riches of God's grace. They love to nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy without some fret as an old friar would be without his hair girdle. They are commanded to cast their cares upon the Lord, but even when they attempt it, they do not fail to catch them up again, and think it meritorious to walk burdened.

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The superfluous blossoms on a fruit tree are meant to symbolize the large way God loves to do pleasant things.

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

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

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

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Truthfulness is godliness.

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

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Good-humor makes all things tolerable

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

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

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Good-nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity.

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

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

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Words are but the bannerets of a great army, a few bits of waving color here and there; thoughts are the main body of the footman that march unseen below.

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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?

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A dull ax never loves grindstones.

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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.

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

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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.

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Victories are easy and cheap. The only victories worth anything are those achieved through hard work and dedication.

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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!

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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.

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The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

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There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world--a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills.

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

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The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

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Our yearnings are homesicknesses for heaven; our sighings are for God, just as children that cry themselves asleep away from home, and sob in their slumber, know not that they sob for their parents. The soul's inarticulate moanings are the affections yearning for the Infinite, and having no one to tell them what it is that ails them.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.

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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.

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Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.

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

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If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.

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When leisure is a selfish luxury, its very activity, when it stirs, is apt to be only a kind of indolence taking exercise, that it may the better digest its selfishness.

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

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As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of wind or brush of bird, so the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving; and at the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude.

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Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.

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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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.

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Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old-remembered joy.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Mirth is God's medicine.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Some have supposed that the mosquito is of a devout turn, and never will partake of a meal without first saying grace. The devotions of some men are but a preface to blood-sucking.

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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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

What a pity flowers can utter no sound!-A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ... oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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When a man's pride is subdued it's like the sides of Mount Aetna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top.

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Selfishness at the expense of others happiness is demonism.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

The elms of New England! They are as much a part of her beauty as the columns of the Parthenon were the glory of its architecture.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

All work and no plagiarism makes for dull sermons!

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Poverty is very good in poems but very bad in the house; very good in maxims and sermons but very bad in practical life.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.

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

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

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

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People of too much sentiment are like fountains, whose overflow keeps a disagreeable puddle about them.

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Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fear is the soul's signal for rallying.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

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If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God's noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Repentance is another name for aspiration.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

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Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness.... Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty.

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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.

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

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober not to make us sorry but wise

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries in life.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Now comes the mystery! (last words)

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Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.

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This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man without self-restraint is like a barrel without hoops, and tumbles to pieces.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

No man is more cheated than the selfish man.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot.

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I used to think the Lord's Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

It takes a man to make a devil; and the fittest man for such a purpose is a snarling, waspish, red-hot, fiery creditor.

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Sophistry is the fallacy of argument.

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Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where He made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero or a saint.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

The clearest window that ever was fashioned if it is barred by spiders' webs, and hung over with carcasses of insects, so that the sunlight has forgotten to find its way through, of what use can it be? Now, the Church is God's window; and if it is so obscured by errors that its light is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

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Our children that die young are like those spring bulbs which have their flowers prepared beforehand, and leave nothing to do but to break ground, and blossom, and pass away. Thank God for spring flowers among men, as well as among the grasses of the field.

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What if the leaves were to fall a-weeping, and say, "It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks, when autumn comes?" Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

God is the one great employer, thinker, planner, supervisor.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Titles are too "thin" for the nineteenth century.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

The human soul is God's treasury, out of which he coins unspeakable riches.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Earthly love is a brief and penurious stream, which only flows in spring, with a long summer drought. The change from a burning desert, treeless, springless, drear, to green fields and blooming orchards in June, is slight in comparison with that from the desert of this world's affection to the garden of God, where there is perpetual, tropical luxuriance of blessed love.

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.

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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.

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Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

As long as society is absolutely divided as milk is, the cream being at the top and the impoverished milk at the bottom, so long will society be unbalanced, and liable to be thrown into convulsions out of which will spring wars. A circulation throughout keeps it in health.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is an army of waiters in this world.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A babe is a mother's anchor.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A bird in a cage is not half a bird.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A boy is a piece of existence quite separate from all things else, and deserves separate chapters in the natural history of men.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society, needs another Christ to die for it.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A church debt is the devil's salary.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A door that seems to stand open must be of a man's size, or it is not the door that providence means for him.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

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A lie is a very short wick in a very small lamp. The oil of reputation is very soon sucked up and gone. And just as soon as a man is known to lie, he is like a two-foot pump in a hundred-foot well. He cannot touch bottom at all.

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A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have books.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A love of flowers would beget early rising, industry, habits of close observation, and of reading. It would incline the mind to notice natural phenomena, and to reason upon them. It would occupy the mind with pure thoughts, and inspire a sweet and gentle enthusiasm; maintain simplicity of taste; and ... unfold in the heart an enlarged, unstraightened, ardent piety.

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A man has a right to picture God according to his need, whatever it be.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone, for God is multitudinous above all populations of the earth.

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A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah, what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life.

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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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man that has lost moral sense is like a man in battle with both of his legs shot off: he has nothing to stand on.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man that is afraid is never a man.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man without a vote is in this land like a man without a hand.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm - it can creep, but it cannot fly.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man without mirth is like wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it turns.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A mother's prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A person can no more make money suddenly and largely, and be unharmed by it, than one could suddenly grow from a child's stature to an adult's without harm.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

A republican government is in a hundred points weaker than one that is autocratic; 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A very common flower adds generosity to beauty. It gives joy to the poor, to the rude, and to the multitudes who could have no flowers were nature to charge a price for her blossoms.

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A week filled up with selfishness, and the Sabbath stuffed full of religious exercises, will make a good Pharisee, but a poor Christian. There are many persons who think Sunday is a sponge with which to wipe out the sins of the week. Now, God's altar stands from Sunday to Sunday, and the seventh day is no more for religion than any other. It is for rest. The whole seven are for religion, and one of them for rest.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

A woman's pity often opens the door to love.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

All the wide world is but the husbandry of God for the development of the one fruit-man.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words.

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Amid the discords of this life, it is blessed to think of heaven, where God draws after him an everlasting train of music; for all thoughts are harmonious and all feelings vocal, and so there is round about his feet eternal melody.

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An ambition which has conscience in it will always be a laborious and faithful engineer, and will build the road, and bridge the chasms between itself and eminent success by the most faithful and minute performances of duty.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

And when no longer we can see Thee, may we reach out our hands, and find Thee leading us through death to immortality and glory.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Anger is a bow that will shoot sometimes where another feeling will not.

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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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

As plants take hold, not for the sake of staying, but only that they may climb higher, so it is with men. By every part of our nature we clasp things above us, one after another, not for the sake of remaining where we take hold, but that we may go higher.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man's path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

As the cream abandons the milk from which it took its life, and rises to the top and rides there, so men, because they are richer than those around about them, separate themselves, and all mankind below them they regard as skim milk.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

As the imagination is set to look into the invisible and immaterial, it seems to attract something of their vitality; and though it can give nothing to the body to redeem it from years, it can give to the soul that freshness of youth in old age which is even more beautiful than youth in the young.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches into the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

At the bottom of every leaf-stem is a cradle, and in it is an infant germ; the winds will rock it, the birds will sing to it all summer long, but the next season it will unfold and go alone.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Badgered, snubbed and scolded on the one hand; petted, flattered and indulged on the other-it is astonishing how many children work their way up to an honest manhood in spite of parents and friends. Human nature has an element of great toughness in it.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Before men we stand as opaque bee-hives. They can see the thoughts go in and out of us; but what work they do inside of a man they cannot tell. Before God we are as glass bee-hives, and all that our thoughts are doing within us he perfectly sees and understands.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Blessed be the man whose work drives him. Something must drive men; and if it is wholesome industry, they have no time for a thousand torments and temptations.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Boys have their soft and gentle moods too. You would suppose by the morning racket that nothing could be more foreign to their nature than romance and vague sadness. . . . But boys have hours of great sinking and sadness, when kindness and fondness are peculiarly needful to them.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Brethren, we are all sailing home; and by and by, when we are not thinking of it, some shadowy thing (men call it death), at midnight, will pass by, and will call us by name, and will say, "I have a message for you from home; God wants you; heaven waits for you.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Business men are to be pitied who do not recognize the fact that the largest side of their secular business is benevolence. ... No man ever manages a legitimate business in this life without doing indirectly far more for other men than he is trying to do for himself.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Character, like porcelain-ware, must be painted before it is glazed. There can be no change of color after it is burned in.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. and the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Christ certainly did come to destroy the law and the prophets.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Christ is risen! There is life, therefore, after death! His resurrection is the symbol and pledge of universal resurrection!

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. 'By their fruits ye shall know them.'

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

Customs represent the experience of mankind.

Henry Ward Beecher (Source: SoberSides.com)