Henry Ward Beecher Quotes


 

"A book is good company."

"A church debt is the devil's salary."

"Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation."

"Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven."

"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."

"Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages."

"God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses."

"We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things."

"He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has."

"It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."

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

"A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good."

"In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich."

"Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends."

"The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one."

"A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."

"You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave."

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house."

"All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind."

"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith."

"Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance."

"God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how."

"Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it."

"A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better."

"All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot."

"God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas."

"Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low."

"Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, as a compliment from God."

"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 little troubles and worries of life may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a nobler character and to Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things."

"Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own."

"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com