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

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.

    Topics: Death

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.


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


Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.


Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.


Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.


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


Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.


Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.


To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.


The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.


The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.


Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.


Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.


Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.

    Topics: Love Is

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.


The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.


The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.


I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.


To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.


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