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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes


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There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
[Parent]
 

There is no liberty to men whose passions are stronger than their religious feelings; there is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge; there is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.
[Liberty]
 

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people unless the sermon is so long that their have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurly-burly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to and riding out the gale.
[Patience]
 

There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coalpit, and twice as foul.
[Falsehood]
 

There is no system which equals Calvinism in intensifying, to the last degree, ideas of moral excellence and purity of character. - It has always worked for liberty. - There never was a system since the world began, which puts upon man such motives to holiness, or builds batteries which sweep the whole ground of sin with such horrible artillery.
 

There is no true and abiding morality that is not founded in religion.
[Morality]
 

There is not a person we employ who does not, like ourselves, desire recognition, praise, gentleness, forbearance, patience.
[Praise]
 

There never was a person who did anything worth doing that did not receive more than he gave.
 

There's not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs, than with his children, servants, and neighbors.
[Christianity]
 

Thinking cannot be clear till it has had expression. - We must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in a half torpid form. - Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flower. - So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development. - Thought is the blossom; language the opening bud; action the fruit behind it.
[Language]
 

Thou, Everlasting Strength, hast set Thyself forth to bear our burdens. May we bear Thy cross, and bearing that, find there is nothing else to bear; and touching that cross, find that instead of taking away our strength, it adds thereto. Give us faith for darkness, for trouble, for sorrow, for bereavement, for disappointment; give us a faith that will abide though the earth itself should pass away - a faith for living, a faith for tying.
 

Through the week we go down into the valleys of care and shadow. - Our Sabbaths should be hills of light and joy in God's presence; and so as time rolls by we shall go on from mountain top to mountain top, till at last we catch the glory of the gate, and enter in to go no more out forever.
[Sabbath]
 

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
[Against]
 

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
[Able]
 

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
 

To make beads of the faults of others, and tell them over every day, is infernal. - If you want to know how devils feel, you do know if you are such an one.
 

To that in men which is secular and animal, Sunday says, "Rest"; to that which is intellectual, moral, and social, "Grow."
[Sabbath]
 

To us who are Christians, is it not a solemn, but a delightful thought, that perhaps nothing but the opaque bodily eye prevents us from beholding the gate which is open just before us; and nothing but the dull ear prevents us from hearing the ringing of those bells of joy which welcome us to the heavenly land?
[Heaven]
 

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
[Trouble]
 

Unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw from them as from wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and the bones.
[Thought]
 


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