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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical.
      - [Domesticity]

Human life is God's outer church. Its needs and urgencies are priests and pastors.
      - [Humanity]

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget," is only another way of saying "I will not forgive." A forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man.
      - [Forgiveness]

I have great hope of a wicked man, slender hope of a mean one. A wicked man may be converted and become a prominent saint. A mean man ought to be converted six or seven times, one right after the other, to give him a fair start and put him on an equality with a bold, wicked man.
      - [Meanness]

I have known men who thought the object of conversion was to cleanse them as a garment is cleansed, and that when they are converted they were to be hung up in the Lord's wardrobe, the door of which was to be shut, so that no dust could get at them. A coat that is not used the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted, the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.
      - [Conversion]

I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer's butterfly?
      - [Luxury]

I met a brother who, describing a friend of his, said he was like a man who had dropped a bottle and broken it; and put all the pieces in his bosom, where they were cutting him perpetually.
      - [Care]

I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.
      - [Pride]

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.
      - [Doctors : Health : Sun]

I will not say it is not Christian to make beads of others faults, and tell them over every day; I say it is infernal. If you want to know how the Devil feels, you do know, if you are such an one.
      - [Gossip]

I would much rather fight pride than vanity, because pride has a stand-up way of fighting. You know where it is. It throws its black shadow on you, and you are not at a loss where to strike. But vanity is that delusive, that insectiferous, that multiplied feeling, and men that fight vanities are like men that fight midges and butterflies. It is easier to chase them than to hit them.
      - [Vanity]

If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God's noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest.
      - [Childhood : Children]

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall riot be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are.
      - [Anger]

If any man is rich and powerful, he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.
      - [Station]

If Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God in the experience of those who trust and love Him, there needs no further argument of His divinity.
      - [Christ]

If God but cares for our inward and eternal life, if by all the experiences of this life He is reducing it and preparing for its disclosure, nothing can befall us but prosperity. Every sorrow shall be but the setting of some luminous jewel of joy. Our very morning shall be but the enamel around the diamond; our very hardships but the metallic rim that holds the opal, glancing with strange interior fires.
      - [Providence]

If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman.
      - [Women]

If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road.
      - [Idleness]

If you attempt to beat a man down and to get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary, as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. There is cheating on both sides of the counter and generally less behind it than before it.
      - [Dishonesty]

In a great affliction there is no light either in the stars or in the sun; for when the inward light is fed with fragrant oil; there can be no darkness though the sun should go out. But when, like a sacred lamp in the temple, the inward light is quenched, there is no light outwardly, though a thousand suns should preside in the heavens.
      - [Affliction]

In friendship your heart is like a bell struck every time your friend is in trouble.
      - [Friendship]

In the early ages men ruled by strength; now they rule by brain, and so long as there is only one man in the world who can think and plan, he will stand head and shoulders above him who cannot.
      - [Government]

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.
      - [Industry]

In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands.
      - [Wives]

In things pertaining to enthusiasm no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
      - [Enthusiasm]


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