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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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At first babes feed on the mother's bosom, but always on her heart.
      - [Mothers]

Before men we stand as opaque bee-hives. They can see the thoughts go in and out of us; but what work they do inside of a man they cannot tell. Before God we are as glass bee-hives, and all that our thoughts are doing within us he perfectly sees and understands.
      - [Thought]

Blessed be mirthfulness! It is one of the renovators of the world. Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
      - [Mirth]

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

Books are the true metempsychosis,--they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep.
      - [Books]

Brethren, we are all sailing home; and by and by, when we are not thinking of it, some shadowy thing (men call it death), at midnight, will pass by, and will call us by name, and will say, "I have a message for you from home; God wants you; heaven waits for you."
      - [Death]

But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age.
      - [Past]

By religion I mean perfected manhood,--the quickening of the soul by the influence of the Divine Spirit.
      - [Religion]

Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.
      - [Cant]

Character, like porcelain ware, must be printed before it is glazed. There can be no change after it is burned in.
      - [Character]

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. By these tendrils we clasp it and climb thitherward. And why do we think that we are separated from them? We never half knew them, nor in this world could.
      - [Children]

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
      - [Compassion]

Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve other from the duty of respecting them at all.
      - [Conceit]

Death is not an end. It is a new impulse.
      - [Death]

Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.
      - [Death]

Death? Translated into the heavenly tongue, that word means life!
      - [Death]

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
      - [Defeat]

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.
      - [Difficulties]

Do not be afraid because the, community teems with excitement. Silence and death are dreadful. The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth.
      - [Action]

Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God mad a million spears of grass where he made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.
      - [Virtue]

Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles.
      - [Charity]

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.
      - [Doctrine]

Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.
      - [Advice]

During the war, when he knew that his liberty was the gage, when he knew the battle was to decide whether he should or should not be free, although the country for hundreds of miles was stripped bare of able-bodied white men, and though property and the lives of the women and children were at the mercy of the slave, there never was an instance of arson, or assassination, or rapine; or conspiracy, and there never was an uprising. They stood still, conscious of their power, and said, "We will see what God will do for us." Such a history has no parallel. And since they began to vote, I beg leave to say, in closing this subject, that they have voted just as wisely and patriotically as their late masters did before the emancipation.
      - [Emancipation Day]

Education is only like good culture,--it changes the size, but not the sort.
      - [Education]


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