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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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Of all joyful, smiling, ever-laughing experiences, there are none like those which spring from true religion.
      - [Religion]

On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans; on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen.
      - [Death]

One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.
      - [Future]

One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, "Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore."
      - [Heaven]

Ordinarily rivers run small at the beginning, grow broader and broader as they proceed, and become widest and deepest at the point, where they enter the sea. It is such rivers that the Christian's life is like. But the life of the mere worldly man is like those rivers in Southern Africa, which, proceeding from mountain freshets, are broad and deep at the beginning, and grow narrower and more shallow as they advance. They waster themselves by soaking into the sands, and at last they die out entirely. The farther they run the less there is of them.
      - [Christianity]

Our children that die young are like those spring bulbs which have their flowers prepared beforehand, and leave nothing to do but to break ground, and blossom, and pass away. Thank God for spring flowers among men, as well as among the grasses of the field.
      - [Children]

Our government is built upon the vote. But votes that are purchasable are quicksands, and a government built on them stands upon corruption and revolution.
      - [Government]

Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to be suggestions of that realm which is the home of the heart.
      - [Affection]

Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel, in which truth asserts its divine origin.
      - [Poetry]

Poverty is very good in poems, but it is very bad in a house. It is very good in maxims and sermons, but it is very bad in practical life.
      - [Poverty]

Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.
      - [Knowledge]

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
      - [Opinion]

Providence is but another name for natural law. Natural law itself would go out in a minute if it were not for the divine thought that is behind it.
      - [Providence]

Reading is a dissuasion from immorality. Reading stands in the place of company.
      - [Reading]

Reason can tell how love affects us, but cannot tell what love is.
      - [Reason]

Reason is a permanent blessing of God to the soul. Without it there can be no large religion.
      - [Reason]

Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual; the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.
      - [Refinement]

Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement.
      - [Refinement]

Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life.
      - [Religion]

Religion is using everything for God.
      - [Religion]

Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death.
      - [Religion]

Repentance is another name for aspiration.
      - [Repentance]

Repentance is but another name for aspiration.
      - [Repentance]

Riches are not an end of life but an instrument of life.
      - [Riches]

Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law.
      - [Riches]


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