Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward

American Clergyman, Editor, Writer

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Four steps to achievement: plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

A success is one who decided to succeed - and worked. A failure is one who decided to succeed - and wished. A decided failure is one who failed to decide - and waited.

What unnumbered cathedrals has God reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music!

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

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear.

The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature.

The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it, by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it.

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

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

The most miserable pettifogging in the world is that of a man in the court of his own conscience.

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

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!

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

Love it is – not conscience – that is God’s regent in the human soul, because it can govern the soul as nothing else can.

Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man’s life happens to be passed. It shows how much good men require of us.

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend of his faults… To speak painful truth through loving words – that is friendship.

Love is not a possession but a growth.

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

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

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

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

Defeat is a school in which Truth always grows strong.

“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 can never be shown against the man.

The world's battlefields are in the heart.

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American Clergyman, Editor, Writer