There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world.
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Source Notes: "Sermon: Peaceable Living," Beecher As a Humorist: Selections from the Published Works, ed. Eleanor Kirk (1887).
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eighth of nine children of Lyman Beecher by his first wife (and the eighth of thirteen children in all). One of his elder sisters was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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