Henry Ward Beecher Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Henry Ward Beecher quotes, Henry Ward Beecher sayings, and Henry Ward Beecher proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.     

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A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm--it can creep, but it cannot fly.     

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God has made sleep to be a sponge by which to rub out fatigue. A man's roots are planted in night as in a soil.

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A door that seems to stand open must be a man's size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him.     

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A cup of coffee - real coffee - home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.     

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Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

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Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.

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

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Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.     

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

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A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.      

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One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments.     

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God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts.     

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Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.     

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Rain, whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.     

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

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Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page.

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

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The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic.

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Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.      

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

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Faith is spiritualized imagination.     

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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

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

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Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.     

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People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: Lord, teach me compassion, but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.     

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Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

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Flowers may beckon towards us, but they speak toward heaven and God.

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

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