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.


Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.     

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

The truest self-respect is not to think of self.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. He that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well being of mankind.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.     

Henry Ward Beecher

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A cunning man overreaches no one half so much as himself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Troubles come to us like mire and filth; but, when mingled with the soil, they change to flower and fruit.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The fugitive, brief, though intense satisfactions that come to the nerves through the appetite and passions are not the foundations of joy in this world: they come with a moment's flash, and are disastrous in their flight.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence.      

Henry Ward Beecher

This world is magnificent for strangers and pilgrims, but miserable for residents.     

Henry Ward Beecher

It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Indifference in religion is more fatal than skepticism. There is no pulse in indifference; skepticism may have warm blood     

Henry Ward Beecher

The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.     

Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.     

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

Heaven answers with us the same purpose that the tuning-fork does with musicians. Our affections, the whole orchestra of them, are apt to get below the concert-pitch; and we take heaven to tune our hearts by.     

Henry Ward Beecher

There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practise it while they hear.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A man that has lost moral sense is like a man in battle with both of his legs shot off: he has nothing to stand on.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.     

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

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.     

Henry Ward Beecher