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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

(1813-1887), American Preacher, Orator, Writer

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

Category: Defeat

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

Category: Defeat

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

Category: Difficulties

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

Category: Discipline

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.

Category: 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.

Category: Education

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

Category: Enthusiasm

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

Category: Family

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

Category: Family

Now comes the mystery.

Category: Famous Last Words

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

Category: Feelings

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

Category: 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.

Category: 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.

Category: Forgiveness

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

Category: Forgiveness