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 thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Not another flag has such an errand, carrying everywhere, the world around, such hope for freedom such glorious tidings.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Ignorance is the womb of monsters.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If Christ is not divine, every impulse of the Christian world falls to a lower octave, and light and love and hope decline.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If you want your neighbor to know what Christ will do for him, let the neighbor see what Christ has done for you.     

Henry Ward Beecher

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.     

Henry Ward Beecher

There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coalpit, and twice as foul.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Someone calls biography the home aspect of history.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.      

Henry Ward Beecher

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The poor man with industry is happier than the rich man in idleness.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.      

Henry Ward Beecher

Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.     

Henry Ward Beecher

One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Memory can glean, but can never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Every fresh act of benevolence is the herald of deeper satisfaction; every charitable act a stepping-stone towards heaven.     

Henry Ward Beecher

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost.     

Henry Ward Beecher

There is no part of government which cannot better suffer derangement than the ballot. If you strike the ballot with disease, it is heart disease.     

Henry Ward Beecher