150+ Henry Ward Beecher Quotes


Henry Ward Beecher Quotes
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Name: Henry Ward Beecher Find on Amazon India: Link
Nationality: AmericanFind on Amazon: Link
Profession: Clergyman
Born: 24-Jun-1813 
Death: 08-Mar-1887

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

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

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

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.

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

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.

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

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

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

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.

A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

A church debt is the devil’s salary.

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.

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

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it.

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

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

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.

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

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

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

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

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.

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

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.

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.

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God’s.

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.

When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

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

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

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

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.

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

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

The most dangerous people are the ignorant.

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

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

You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.

The dog is the god of frolic.

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

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

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!

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low.

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.

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

It’s not the work which kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more.

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.

Love is the river of life in the world.

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

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.

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

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.

Now comes the mystery.

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.


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