Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward

American Clergyman, Editor, Writer

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Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body.

Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man’s head.

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it.

Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.

Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety, all this rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth.

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has sent in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good in its placed as conscience or veneration. Praying can o more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.

Men are called fools in one age for not knowing what they were called fools for averring in the age before.

Love is more than justice.

Life would be a perpetual flea-hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations, and suspicions which are uttered against him.

Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans; on that, children; on this die, captives; on that, freemen; on this side disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed the sons of God.

Know what work you want to do and go after it. The young man who gets ahead must decide for himself what he wishes to do. From his own tastes, his own enthusiasm, how he must get the motive and the inspiration which are to start him on his way to a successful life.

Life is full of amusement to an amusing man.

It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it.

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 is not what a man gets, but what a man is that he should think of. He should first think of his character and then of his condition. He that has character need have no fears about his condition. Character will draw after it condition. Circumstances obey principles.

It is not what people eat, but what they digest, that makes them strong. It is not what they gain, but what they save, that makes them rich. It is not what they read, but what they remember, that makes them learned.

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible, and formed those heroic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.

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

In things pertaining to enthusiasm no man is sane who does know how to be insane on proper occasions.

It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. Wee can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds.

Ignorance is the womb of monsters.

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.

If you are idle you are on the way to ruin, and there are few stopping places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road.

If you attempt to beat a man down and so get his goods lower than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. There is cheating on both sides of the counter, and generally less behind it than before.

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American Clergyman, Editor, Writer