Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker

Lived from: 1813 - 1887

Category: Theologians and clergy Country: FlagUnited States

Born: 24 june 1813 Died: 8 march 1887

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  • Sink the Bible to the bottom of the sea, and man's obligation to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and his guide would be gone; he would have the same voyage to make, only his compass and chart would be overboard.
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  • He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.
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  • I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
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  • To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
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  • ''I can forgive, but I cannot forget,'' is only another way of saying, ''I cannot forgive.''
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  • A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
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  • A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
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  • A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?
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  • A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
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  • A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
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  • A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
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  • A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
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  • A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
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  • A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
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  • Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
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  • All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
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  • All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
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  • Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
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  • Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
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  • Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
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