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.


God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy.     

Henry Ward Beecher

You are not called to be a canary in a cage. You are called to be an eagle, and to fly sun to sun, over continents.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near victory as when defeated in a good cause.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Christians ought not to slander God by looking as if they were at an everlasting funeral.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Spreading Christianity abroad is sometimes an excuse for not having it at home.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society, needs another Christ to die for it.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

There are crimes that, like frost on flowers, in one single night destroy character and reputation.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Love is ownership. We own whom we love. The universe is God's because He loves.     

Henry Ward Beecher

True obedience is true freedom.     

Henry Ward Beecher

As the cream abandons the milk from which it took its life, and rises to the top and rides there, so men, because they are richer than those around about them, separate themselves, and all mankind below them they regard as skim milk.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Repentance is the turning of the soul from the way of midnight to the point of the coming sun.     

Henry Ward Beecher

When we have heartily repented of a wrong, we should let all the waves of forgetfulness roll over it, and go forward unburdened to meet the future.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Repentance is another name for aspiration.     

Henry Ward Beecher