Henry Ward Beecher

United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)

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What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are but you must approach each man by the right door.
Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to point us to that realm which is the real and endless home of the heart.
We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.
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.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs -- jolted by every pebble in the road.
A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world is government.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
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.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
If a man cannot be a Christian in the place he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
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.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
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.
Repentance is another name for aspiration.
Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.
Some people are so dry that you might soak them in a joke for a month and it would not get through their skins.
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.
The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic.
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but".
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a but.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
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.
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
Troubles are often the tools God fashions us for better things.
We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.
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.
Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.
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.
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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