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.


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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

It is only God who can satisfy the soul.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.     

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

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!     

Henry Ward Beecher