Henry Ward Beecher

1813 - 1887

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)

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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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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on order and people

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher

The elect, those who will; the non-elect, those who won't.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on children, confidence, people, and suffering

Every boy wants someone older than himself to whom he may go in moods of confidence and yearning. The neglect of this child's want by grown people . . . is a fertile source of suffering.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Eyes and Ears

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on kindness, nature, and romance

Boys have their soft and gentle moods too. You would suppose by the morning racket that nothing could be more foreign to their nature than romance and vague sadness. . . . But boys have hours of great sinking and sadness, when kindness and fondness are peculiarly needful to them.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Eyes and Ears

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on heart

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No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on charity and heaven

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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