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       Henry Ward Beecher
       1813-1887
      
       Henry Ward Beecher was an American preacher and reformer, born in Litchfield, Connecticut. He was the eighth child of Lyman and Roxana Foote Beecher, and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
      
       Reared in a Puritan atmosphere, he has graphically described the mystical experience which, coming to him in his early youth, changed his whole conception of theology and determined his choice of the ministry.
      
       It was in the pulpit that Beecher was seen at his best. His mastery of the English tongue, his dramatic power, his instinctive art of impersonation, which had become a second nature, his vivid imagination, his breadth of intellectual view, his quaint humor alternating with genuine pathos, and above all his simple and singularly unaffected devotional nature, made him as a preacher without a peer in his own time and country.
      
       He was stricken with apoplexy while still active in the ministry, and died at Brooklyn on the 8th of March 1887, in the seventy-fourth year of his age.


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

    Topics: Achievement, Greed

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.

    Topics: Achievement, America, Liberty

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.

    Topics: Anger

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

    Topics: Anger

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.

    Topics: Anger, Good and Evil

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

    Topics: Anger

The little troubles and worries of life may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a nobler character and to Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

    Topics: Anxiety

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.

    Topics: Apathy

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

    Topics: Apathy, Reasoning, The Heart

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

    Topics: Apathy

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!

    Topics: Blessings, The Heart, Thankfulness

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

    Topics: Books

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