Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

Henry Ward Beecher

US abolitionist & clergyman (1813 - 1887)

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

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nat

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

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

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

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

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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

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

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

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

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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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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

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

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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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Now comes the mystery.

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Now comes the mystery.

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

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

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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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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

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

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The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.

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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".

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Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

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

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Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world 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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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.

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

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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

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

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

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

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

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

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