Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward

American Clergyman, Editor, Writer

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Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all.

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

Conceit is the most incurable disease that is known to the human soul.

At first babes feed on their mother’s bosom, but always on her heart.

Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.

All true religion must stand on true morality.

An impure man is every good man's enemy.

A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.

A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah, what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life.

A man's character is the reality of himself. His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. Character is in him; reputation is from other people - that is the substance, this is the shadow.

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life.

A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true.

A man’s religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious.

A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad tack - but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget,” is only another way of saying “I will not forgive.” A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man.

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American Clergyman, Editor, Writer