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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

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

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.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

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

Category: Humankind

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

Category: Humor

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. -

Category: Ideas

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

Category: Imagination

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

Category: Influence

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

Category: Influence

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

Category: Influence

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

Category: Intolerance

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

Category: Investments

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

Category: Joy

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

Category: Laughter

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

Category: Law And Lawyers

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

Category: Libraries

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

Category: Losers And Losing