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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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That was a judicious mother who said, "I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me."
      - [Obedience]

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
      - [Success]

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full of knowledge in respect to what is going on in a State or community than the editorial columns are.
      - [Advertisements]

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach its without running on rocks or bars.
      - [Bible]

The Bible is the most betrashed book in the world. Coming to it through commentaries is much like looking at a landscape through garret windows t, over which generations of unmolested spiders have spun their webs.
      - [Bible]

The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct.
      - [Bible]

The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.
      - [Happiness]

The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself. Religion is relative to the individual.
      - [Religion]

The clearest window that ever was fashioned if it is barred by spiders' webs, and hung over with carcasses of insects, so that the sunlight has forgotten to find its way through, of what use can it be? Now, the Church is God's window; and if it is so obscured by errors that its light is darkness, how great is that darkness!
      - [Churches]

The conditions of city life .may be made healthy, so far as the physical constitution is concerned; but there is connected with the business of the city so much competition, so much rivalry, so much necessity for industry, that I think it is a perpetual, chronic, wholesale violation of natural, law. There are ten men that can succeed in the country, where there is one that can succeed in the city.
      - [Cities]

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes--openly bad and secretly bad. All virtue and generosity and disinterestedness are merely the appearance of good; but selfish at the bottom. He holds that no man does a good thing except for profit. The effect of his conversation upon your feelings is to chill and sear them; to send you away sour and morose. His criticisms and hints fall indiscriminately upon every lovely thing, like frost upon flowers.
      - [Cynics]

The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing.
      - [Graves]

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
      - [Morning]

The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward.
      - [Painting]

The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive, and sensible, if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part.
      - [Modesty]

The great lever by which to raise and save the world is the unbounded love and mercy of God.
      - [Love]

The great men of earth are the shadow men, who, having lived and died, now live again and forever through their undying thoughts. Thus living, though their footfalls are heard no more, their voices are louder than the thunder, and unceasing as the flow of tides or air.
      - [Greatness]

The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope.
      - [Hope]

The head learns new things, but the heart forever more practices old experiences.
      - [Learning]

The highest order that was ever instituted on earth is the order of faith.
      - [Faith]

The history of governments through the ages is a history red, nay, lurid. Law represents the effort of men to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
      - [Government]

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
      - [Influence]

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
      - [Ignorance]

The imagination is the secret and harrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.
      - [Imagination]

The meanest thing in the world is the devil.
      - [Devil]


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