Henry Ward Beecher

1813 - 1887

A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on civilization and leisure

There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on expectation, pity, and responsibility

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard taskmaster to yourself -- and be lenient with everybody else.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on feeling, influence, mind, music, and relaxation

Flowers . . . have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its rigor.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Eyes and Ears

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on animals, honesty, and men

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and hollyhock.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: A Discourse on Flowers

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on day, life, mind, and strength

It is the very wantonness of folly for a man to search out the frets and burdens of his calling and give his mind every day to a consideration of them. They belong to human life. They are inevitable. Brooding only gives them strength.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on genius

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Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on children, christ, day, death, influence, inventions, jesus, joy, life, men, and motherhood

You cannot find in the New Testament any of those hateful representations of dying which men have invented, by which death is portrayed as a ghastly skeleton with a scythe, or something equally revolting. The figures by which death is represented in the New Testament are very different. There are two of them which I think to be exquisitely beautiful. One is that of falling asleep in Jesus. When a little child has played all day long, and becomes tired out, and the twilight has sent it in weariness to its mother's knee, where it thinks it has come for more excitement, then, almost in the midst of its frolicking, and not knowing what influence is creeping over it, it falls back in the mother's arms, and nestles close to the sweetest and softest couch that ever cheek pressed, and, with lengthening breath, sleeps; and she smiles and is glad, and sits humming unheard joy over its head. So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our head back on the bosom of Christ and quietly fall asleep.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on defeat and men

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It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Royal Truths

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on heroism, labor, power, seasons, truth, and work

Any man can work when every stroke of his hand brings down the fruit rattling from the tree to the ground; but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement, by the power of truth . . . that requires a heroism which is transcendent.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on conscience, faith, good, mankind, and purity

A good digestion is as truly obligatory as a good conscience; pure blood is as truly a part of mankind as a pure faith; and a well ordered skin is the first condition of that cleanliness which is next to Godliness.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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