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Henry Ward Beecher quotes (117)

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
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A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
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A church debt is the devil's salary.
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A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
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A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
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A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
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A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
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A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
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All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
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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.
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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
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Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
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Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
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Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
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Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
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Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
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Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
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Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
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Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
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Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
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Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
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Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
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Faith is spiritualized imagination.
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Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
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Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
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God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
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God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
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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.
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God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
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Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
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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.
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He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
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He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
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Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
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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.
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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.
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I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
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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.
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If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
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In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
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In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
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It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
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It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
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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.
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It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
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It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
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It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
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Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more.
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Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
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Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
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Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
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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.
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Love is the river of life in the world.
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Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
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Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
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Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
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No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
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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.
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Now comes the mystery.
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Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
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Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
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Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
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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.
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Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
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Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.
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Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
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