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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.
      - [Mirth]

Morality is character and conduct, such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed.
      - [Morality]

Morality is good, and is accepted of God, as far as it goes; but the difficulty is, it does not go far enough.
      - [Morality]

Morality must always precede and accompany religion, and yet religion is much more than morality.
      - [Morality]

Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood.
      - [War]

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
      - [Shadows]

Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
      - [Music]

Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man's head.
      - [Responsibility]

Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments.
      - [Nature]

Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry. If he has charged you with anything, you had better look it up. Anger is a bow that will shoot sometimes where another feeling will not.
      - [Anger]

Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body.
      - [Newspapers]

Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
      - [Gratitude]

Next to the pastoral came the agricultural life. When you add to that the manufacturing phase of development, society begins to fill out, and needs but wings to fly, and commerce is its wings.
      - [Commerce]

No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form.
      - [Emotion]

No grace can save any man unless he helps himself.
      - [Self-help]

No land ever, even in war, did so brave and bold a thing as to take from the plantation a million black men who could not read the Constitution or the spelling-book, and who could hardly tell one hand from the other, and permit them to vote, in the sublime faith that liberty, which makes a man competent to vote, would render him fit to discharge the duties of the voter. And I beg to say, as I am bound to say, that when this one million unwashed black men came to vote, though much disturbance occurred--as much disturbance always occurs upon great changes--they proved themselves worthy of the trust that had been confided to them.
      - [Emancipation Day]

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
      - [Riches]

No man is more cheated that the selfish man.
      - [Selfishness]

No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself.
      - [Self-control]

Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record.
      - [Success]

Not thine the sorrow, but ours, sainted soul! Thou hast indeed entered into the promised land, while we are yet on the march. To us remain the rocking of the deep, the storm upon the land, days of duty and nights of watching; but thou are sphered high above all darkness and fear, beyond all sorrow and weariness. Rest, oh, weary heart!
      - [Lincoln's Birthday]

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.
      - [Humility]

October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming--October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.
      - [October]

October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.
      - [October]

Of all earthly music that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart.
      - [Love]


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