Best quotes by the American Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
  • Art

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
  • Family

What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
  • Leadership

See that each hour's feelings, and thoughts and actions are pure and true; then your life will be also.
  • Feelings



The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.
  • Strength

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
  • Sacrifice

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
  • Worth

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
  • Reading

No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.
  • Discipline

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.
  • Selfishness

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
  • Anger

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
  • Gratitude

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
  • Marriage

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
  • Success

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
  • Love

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
  • Excellence

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
  • Humor

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
  • Personality

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
  • Reading

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
  • Coffee

The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
  • Danger

Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.
  • Friends

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
  • Humanity

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
  • Leadership

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
  • Sanity

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
  • Secrets

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

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

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
  • Gratitude

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
  • Reading


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Henry Ward Beecher forgiveness quotes

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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.
  • Forgiveness

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
  • Forgiveness

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
  • Forgiveness

Repentance is another name for aspiration.
  • Forgiveness

Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.
  • Forgiveness

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

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.
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I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
  • Love

Love is the river of life in the world.
  • Love

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.
  • Love

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
  • parenting

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.
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Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
  • Success

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

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
  • Success

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
  • coming

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
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God's providence is on the side of clear heads.
  • God

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
  • nature

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.
  • god

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.
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Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
  • Anger

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
  • anger

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are.
  • Anger

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
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Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
  • Difficulty

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
  • Loss

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

Victories that are easy are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.
  • Victory



The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
  • flowers

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
  • Ambition

There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.
  • Charity

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
  • Enthusiasm

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.
  • Forgiveness

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.
  • Parenting

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
  • Success

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
  • Words

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
  • Adversity

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
  • Appearance

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
  • Christianity

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.
  • Christianity

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
  • Class

Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.
  • Debt

True obedience is true freedom.
  • Freedom

God's providence is on the side of clear heads.
  • God

The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
  • Government

The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
  • Heart

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

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
  • Opinion

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
  • Religion

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
  • nature

The dog is the god of frolic.
  • Animals

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
  • Conservatism

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
  • Defeat

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.
  • Family

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
  • Forgiveness

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
  • Forgiveness

Repentance is another name for aspiration.
  • Forgiveness

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
  • Generosity

He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.
  • Gossip

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
  • Gratitude

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.
  • Hate

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
  • Identity

Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
  • Law

A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
  • Libraries

Love is the river of life in the world.
  • Love

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
  • Motivational

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
  • Prayer

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
  • faith

Affliction comes to us all, not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but to make us wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us.
  • Adversity

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
  • Criticism

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
  • Culture

Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.
  • Death

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
  • Enthusiasm

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
  • Grace

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
  • Heaven

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

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
  • Laughter

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
  • Leadership

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
  • Medicine

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
  • Pain

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a But.
  • Praise

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.
  • Religion

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.
  • Sleep

Suffering is part of the divine idea.
  • Suffering

Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.
  • Tolerance

Victories are easy and cheap. The only victories worth anything are those achieved through hard work and dedication.
  • Work

Faith is spiritualized imagination.
  • faith

Now comes the mystery.
  • comes

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
  • death

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.
  • detestable

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
  • anger

The one great poem of New England is her Sunday.

Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
  • America

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are.
  • Anger

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
  • Anger

Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.
  • Attitude

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.
  • Character

A cup of coffee - real coffee - home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.
  • Coffee

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
  • Cynicism

Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children;
  • Death

He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.
  • Duty

Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty--how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.
  • Education

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.
  • Experience

Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
  • Fear

Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.
  • Forgiveness

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

Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
  • Gratitude

It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
  • Health

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
  • Heroes

We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. -
  • Ideas

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
  • Imagination

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
  • Joy

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety--all this rust of life--ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth.
  • Laughter

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.
  • Love

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
  • Money

Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man's life happens to be placed. It shows how much good men require of us.
  • Morals

This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter.
  • Music

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.
  • Perfection

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
  • Persistence

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
  • Present

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
  • Principles

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
  • Religion

A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?
  • Time

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
  • Time

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
  • Tools

When we borrow trouble, and look forward into the future and see what storms are coming, and distress ourselves before they come, as to how we shall avert them if they ever do come, we lose our proper trustfulness in God. When we torment ourselves with imaginary dangers, or trials, or reverses, we have already parted with that perfect love which casteth out fear.
  • Trouble

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
  • Truth

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
  • Wealth

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is!
  • Work

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.
  • Work

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices
  • Worry

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.
  • columns

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.
  • forgiveness

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!
  • thankful

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.
  • god

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
  • between

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.
  • bottle

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
  • parenting

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
  • bad

There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
  • books

It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
  • makes

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
  • art

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
  • coming


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