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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

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The history of the gospel has been the history of the development and growth of Christian democratic ideas.

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.

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

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

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.

The monkey is an organized sarcasm upon the human race.

The most dangerous people are the ignorant.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

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

The one great poem of New England is her Sunday.

The overweening self-respect of conceited men relieves others from the duty of respecting them at all.

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

The purest pleasures lie within the circle of useful occupation. - Mere pleasure, sought outside of usefulness, is fraught with poison.

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

The strength and the happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way, too.

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. - So God sits, effulgent, in heaven, not for a favored few, but for the universe of life, and there is no creature so poor or low that he may not look up with childlike confidence, and say, "My father! thou art mine."

The true idea of self-restraint is to let a child venture. - The mistakes of children are often better than their no-mistakes.

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