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Henry Ward Beecher Quotes


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We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

    Topics: Trials

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.

    Topics: Truth, Apathy, Joy

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.

    Topics: Truth

Failure is a school in which the truth always grows strong.

    Topics: Truth, Failure

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.

    Topics: Truth, Doctrine

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.

    Topics: Virtue

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

    Topics: Virtue

It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.

    Topics: War

When God wanted sponges and oysters He made them and put one on a rock and the other in the mud. When He made man He did not make him to be a sponge or an oyster; He made him with feet and hands, and head and heart, and vital blood, and a place to use them and He said to him, "Go work."

    Topics: Work

It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.

    Topics: Worry

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

    Topics: Worship, Love

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