Henry Ward Beecher Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Henry Ward Beecher quotes and Henry Ward Beecher sayings, and Henry Ward Beecher proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else."

"Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger."

"When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder."

"It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship."

"The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom."

"Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time."

"Any law that takes hold of a man’s daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life."

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

"Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven."

"Of all battles, there are none like the unrecorded battles of the soul."

"The soul is often hungrier than the body, and no shops can sell it food."

"It is only God who can satisfy the soul."

"The human soul is God’s treasury, out of which he coins unspeakable riches."

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

"A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden–swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air."

"A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth whether rich or poor."

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

"No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it."

"Words are pegs to hang ideas on."

"The world’s battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history."

"Suffering well borne is better than suffering removed."

"Suffering is part of the divine idea."

"The monkey is an organized Sarcasm upon the human race."

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

"No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself."

"We go to the grave of a friend saying, “A man is dead,” but angels throng about him saying, “A man is born.”"

"Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh."

"Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism."

"Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered."

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

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