Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.— Henry Ward Beecher
The most floundering Henry Ward Beecher quotes to discover and learn by heart
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Never forget what someone says to you when they are angry.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.~Henry Ward Beecher
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.
Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower?
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
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 are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
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.
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
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.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands.
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.
Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples.
Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Every man should be born again on the first day of January.
Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
God asks no man whether he will accept life.
That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
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.
A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track-an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
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.
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.
It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical.
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
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.
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.
When there is love in the heart, there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues.
What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer.
Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength;
and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
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.
See that each hour's feelings, and thoughts and actions are pure and true; then your life will be also.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort.
The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
A dull axe never loves grindstones, but a keen workman does;
and he puts his tool on them in order that it may be sharp. And men do not like grinding; but they are dull for the purposes which God designs to work out with them, and therefore He is grinding them.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman.
The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.