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.


Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.     

Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization.      

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.      

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Selfishness at the expense of others' happiness is demonism.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The monkey is an organized Sarcasm upon the human race.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Suffering is part of the divine idea.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Suffering well borne is better than suffering removed.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Words are pegs to hang ideas on.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher