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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

About Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

Life: 1813 - 1887

Country: us flag America

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a prominent, theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th Century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most famous American trials of the Nineteenth century.

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Quotations

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Now comes the mystery.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

A church debt is the devil's salary.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.

~ 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.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

There is but one easy place in this world, and that is the grave.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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.

~ 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!

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Man is at the bottom an animal, midway, a citizen, and at the top, divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

~ Henry Ward Beecher
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