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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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A mother has, perhaps, the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown.
      - [Mothers]

A mother is as different from anything else that God ever thought of, as can possibly be. She is a distinct and individual creation.
      - [Mothers]

A mother's prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty.
      - [Mothers]

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
      - [Ambition]

A noble nose compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
      - [Ambition]

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
      - [Ingratitude]

A republican government in a hundred points is weaker than an autocratic government; but in this one point it is the strongest that ever existed--it has educated a race of men that are men.
      - [Government]

A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.
      - [Reputation]

A woman, and by so much nearer heaven as that makes one.
      - [Women]

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
      - [Sabbath]

Adversity, if for no, other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. Men see clearer at such time. Storms purify the atmosphere.
      - [Adversity]

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
      - [Affliction]

Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; it is exceedingly long,--it is exceedingly short.
      - [Age]

All the sobriety which' religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces.
      - [Religion]

All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words.
      - [Nature]

All true religion must stand on true morality.
      - [Religion]

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
      - [Words]

And now we beseech of Thee that we may have every day some such sense of God's mercy and of the power of God above us, as we have of the fullness of the light of heaven before us.
      - [God]

And when no longer we can see Thee, may we reach out our hands, and find Thee leading us through death to immortality and glory.
      - [Death]

Are yon borne down by trouble, remember the apt words of Carlyle: "The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough."
      - [Trouble]

As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances.
      - [Consistency]

As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of wind or brush of bird, so the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving; and at the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude.
      - [Gratitude]

As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man's path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies.
      - [Greeting]

As warmth makes even glaciers trickle, and opens streams in the ribs of frozen mountains, so the heart knows the full flow and life of its grief only when it begins to melt and pass away.
      - [Grief]

Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches in the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do; nay, which brings to view even the throne of God, and pierces that nebulous distance where are those eternal verities in which true life consists.
      - [Tears]


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