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Henry Ward Beecher
June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887
Nationality: American
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: American Clergyman

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.


A church debt is the devil's salary.


In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.


It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.


The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.


What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.


The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.


In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.


The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!


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


The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.


The dog is the god of frolic.


I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.


Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

    Topics: Children

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.


Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.


Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.


I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.


We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.


There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.


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