American Clergyman, Editor, Writer
Henry Ward Beecher
American Clergyman, Editor, Writer
It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
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.
God never ordained you to have a conscience for others. Your conscience is for you, and for you alone.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs; jolted by every pebble in the road.
"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 can never be shown against one.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes; and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.
Why should men work? Because their hearts want some outlet to give expression to the feeling of earnest sympathy that is in them. Where a man has a strong and large benevolence, he will always be busy, and pleasantly busy.
Work is not the curse, but drudgery is.
When young men are beginning life, the most important period, it is often said, is that in which their habits are formed. That is a very important period. But the period in which the ideas of the young are formed and adopted is more important still. For the ideal with which you go forth to measure things determines the nature, so far as you are concerned, of everything you meet.
Whenever education and refinement grow away from the common people, they are growing toward selfishness, which is the monster evil of the world. that is true cultivation which gives us sympathy with every form of human life, and enables us to work most successfully for its advancement. Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement.
When flowers are full of heaven descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.
When we borrow trouble, and look forward into the future and see what storms are coming, and distress ourselves before they come, as to how we shall avert them if they ever do come, we lose our proper trustfulness in God. When we torment ourselves with imaginary dangers, or trials, or reverses we have already parted with that perfect love with casteth our fear.
Whatever is only almost true is quite false; and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray. Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.
When a men sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil, and sells himself for the value of the ounce.
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.
What would the nightingale care if the toad despised her singing? She would still sing on, and leave the cold toad to his dark shadows. And what care I for the sneers of men who grovel upon earth? I will still sing on in the ear and bosom of God.