Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

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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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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.

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
Love is the river of life in the world.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
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 strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -- torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.
See that each hour's feelings, and thoughts and actions are pure and true; then your life will be also.
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children;
The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
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.
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.
Victories that are easy are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.
We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.
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.
Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty--how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.
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.
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
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.
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices
Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
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.
The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

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