Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward

American Clergyman, Editor, Writer

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

The prouder a man is, the more he thinks he deserves, and the more he thinks he deserves, the less he really does deserve.

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a 'but.'

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

The love of knowledge in a young mind is almost a warrant against the infirm excitement of passions and vices.

Success is full of promise till men get it; and then it is a last year’s nest, from which the bird has flown.

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin and never seeing noble game.

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

Sorrow makes men sincere.

Reputation is sometimes as wide as the horizon, when character is but the point of a needle. Character is what one really is; reputation what others believe him to be.

Self-denial does not belong to religion as characteristic of it; it belongs to human life. The lower nature must always be denied when you are trying to rise to a higher sphere... Of all joyous experiences there are none like which spring from true religion.

Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual, the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.

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.

No man is more cheated than the selfish man.

No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself.

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

No grace can save any man unless he helps himself.

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

Love without faith is as bad as faith without love.

Morality is character and conduct, such as is required by the circle or community in which the man’s life happens to be placed.

Love is more just than justice.

Love is the medicine of all moral evil. By it the world is to be cured of sin.

Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children; on this side captives, on that freemen; on this side disguised, unknown, on that disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God.

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American Clergyman, Editor, Writer