Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial.

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We sleep but the loom of life never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation and there must be a vent.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

God made man to go by motives and he will not go without them any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

We are always on the anvil, by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.

It's not the work which kills people it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart or its flame burns low.

It is not what we take up but what we give up that makes us rich.

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.

Well married a person has wings poorly married shackles.

When a nation's young men are conservative its funeral bell is already rung.

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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