Henry Ward Beecher Quotes Page 11 of 14
It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it.
Topics: Politics The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a 'but'.
Topics: Praise 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.
Topics: Prayer It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
Topics: Prayer, Life Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy.
Topics: Prayer His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied man.
A sermon is not like a Chinese firecracker to be fired off for the noise it makes. It is a hunter's gun, and at every discharge he should look to see his game fall.
Topics: Preaching A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
Topics: Pride Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
Topics: Pride, Gratitude Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.
Topics: Pride, Humility, Thankfulness The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
Topics: Pride Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.
Topics: Prosperity, Charity