79 Motivational Quotations By Henry Ward Beecher
Clergyman, Preacher & Abolitionist
Litchfield, Connecticut, U.S
Henry Ward Beecher was a Congregationalist clergyman, author, public speaker and social activist, from the U.S, who lived in the 19
th century and is particularly well known for his vocal support for abolition of slavery. His father, Lyman Beecher was a widely admired evangelist and Henry Ward Beecher followed in his footsteps after graduating from the Lane Theological Seminary. Beecher was however, most well-known and admired for his stand on slavery and his calls for abolition of the practice was extremely well argued in an article titled ‘Shall we Compromise’. In fact, his thoughts and oratory skills were so well developed that Abraham Lincoln sent him on a speaking tour to countries in Europe in order to argue the case against slavery. In addition to his views on slavery, Beecher also became a key member of the women’s suffrage movement and eventually went on to head the American Women Suffrage Association. Beecher was also an accomplished writer and editor, who published a number of books, articles, and essays. He also edited the periodical named ‘The Independent’ for a while. Needless to say, Henry Ward Beecher was one of the most influential men of his time and a great orator. Henry Ward Beecher delivered many speeches and his quotes have been excerpted from all his speeches, writings and lectures. Read on the collection of quotations and sayings by Henry Ward Beecher on quarrel, selfishness, sanity, death, heaven, paradise, life, inspiration, judgment and discipline.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. 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. All words are pegs to hang ideas on. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low. The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere. A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road. Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Now comes the mystery! (last words) No man is more cheated than the selfish man. There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on the proper occasions."
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. Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. There is no friendship, no love, like that of the mother for the child. I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love. Books are the windows through
which the soul looks out. 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. If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost. No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is in the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. Alas! Where is human nature so weak as in the book-store? The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life. 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. Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven. Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart Pride slays thanksgiving ... A prideful man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Whatever is almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is more likely to lead astray. It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won't If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows. Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form. Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows. Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man's possessions. A library is not a luxury. It is one of the necessities of a full life. A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not a choice. You must take it. The only question is how. Each book has a secret history of ways and means. We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung. Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books. Men's best successes come after their disappointments. The first hour of the morning, is the rudder of the day. To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them - the whole leaf and root tribe. A mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may, swell. The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin. Well married, a man is winged—ill-matched, he is shackled. Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next. Once an ill can be patiently born it is robbed of its poison if not its pain. Every artist dips his brush into his own soul. Love is the river of life in the world. It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries in life. A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher
The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave.
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
Every writer dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party ...
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity.