Henry Ward Beecher QuotesEnjoy our collection of Henry Ward Beecher quotes which are inspirational and ones that you may find will add a positive thought to your day. He lived during the period of 1813 - 1887, however his words of wisdom still apply today. He was an American Clergyman.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Henry Ward Beecher
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
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.
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.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
The unthankful heart - discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but".
A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track, - but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Adversity, if for no, other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. Men see clearer at such time. Storms purify the atmosphere.
A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; it is exceedingly long, - it is exceedingly short.
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