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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes


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The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
[Art]
 

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but is always on her heart.
[Mother]
 

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.
 

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no man can tell what becomes of his influence and example, that roll away from him, and go beyond his ken on their perilous mission.
[Influence]
 

The church has been so fearful of amusements that the devil has had the charge of them; the chaplet of flowers has been snatched from the brow of Christ, and given to Mammon.
[Amusements]
 

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
 

The common schools are the stomachs of the country in which all people that come to us are assimilated within a generation. When a lion eats an ox, the lion does not become an ox but the ox becomes a lion.
 

The conditions of city life may be made healthy, so far as the physical constitution is concerned. - But there is connected with the business of the city so much competition, so much rivalry, so much necessity for industry, that I think it is a perpetual, chronic, wholesale violation of natural law. - There are ten men that can succeed in the country, where there is one that can succeed in the city.
 

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. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad.
[Cynicism]
 

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
[Determination]
 

The disciples found angels at the grave of him they loved, and we should always find them, too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing.
 

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.
[Animals]
 

The elect are whosoever will, and the nonelect, whosoever won't.
 

The exposition of future punishment in God's word is not to be regarded as a threat, but as a merciful declaration. - If in the ocean of life, over which we are bound to eternity, there are these rocks and shoals, it is no cruelty to chart them down; it is an eminent and prominent mercy.
[Punishment]
 

The first hour is the rudder of the day - the Golden Hour.
 

The first merit of pictures is the effect they produce on the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary impressions from them. - Pleasure and inspiration first; analysis, afterward.
 

The German Protestant declared, "I have rights as against the church"; the Puritan Protestant, "I have rights as against the government"; the Independent, or American Protestant, "I have rights as against civil governments, church governments, and all mankind. These God gave me, and I will preserve." These were the three great strides which landed on Plymouth Rock.
 

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

The heavens and the earth alike speak of God, and the great natural world is but another Bible, which clasps and binds the written one; for nature and grace are one - grace the heart of the flower, and nature its surrounding petals.
[World]
 

The highest manhood resides in disposition, not in mere intellect.
[Man]
 


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