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Quotes of Author: Henry-ward-beecher

1.
Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.


2.
We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

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


3.
Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.

Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.


4.
The elect are whosoever will, and the non-elect, whosoever won’t.

The elect are whosoever will, and the non-elect, whosoever won't.


5.
Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a men were obliged to run down all the innuendos, inveracities, insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.

Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a men were obliged to run down all the innuendos, inveracities, insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.


6.
The strength and happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going that way too.

The strength and happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going that way too.


Topics: Joy-God
7.
What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

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


8.
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.

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.


Topics: Heart
9.
God asks no man whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. You must take it. The only questions is how.

God asks no man whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. You must take it. The only questions is how.


Topics: Humanity
10.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.

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


11.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.


12.
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.

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.

Reference:   Quoted by Curtis C. Thomas, Practical Wisdom for Pastors, Crossway Books, 2001, p. 239.


13.
If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.


14.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.


Topics: Gratitude
15.
Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Faith is spiritualized imagination.


16.
No physician ever weighed out medicine to his patients with half so much care and exactness as God weighs out to us every trial. Not one grain too much does He ever permit to be put in the scale.

No physician ever weighed out medicine to his patients with half so much care and exactness as God weighs out to us every trial. Not one grain too much does He ever permit to be put in the scale.


17.
The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

Reference:   Henry Ward Beecher


18.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.


19.
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.   

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


20.
Happiness is not the end of life; character is.

Happiness is not the end of life; character is.


21.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.


22.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.


23.
Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans, on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side, disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God.

Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans, on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side, disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God.


24.
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.”

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.”


25.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.


Topics: Anxiety
26.
A man who does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.  And a man that does not know how to be shaken to his heart’s core with indignation over things evil is either a fungus or a wicked man.

A man who does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. And a man that does not know how to be shaken to his heart’s core with indignation over things evil is either a fungus or a wicked man.


27.
Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Suffering is part of the divine idea.


28.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.


29.
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.

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: Nation
30.
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.

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: Advice
31.
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.


Topics: Philosophy
32.
There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.

There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.


33.
Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man’s obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard!

Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man’s obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard!


34.
There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent as that of hatred.  There are hatreds of race, sect and social and personal hatreds.  If thoughts of hatred were thunder and lightning, there would be a storm over the whole earth all the year round.

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent as that of hatred. There are hatreds of race, sect and social and personal hatreds. If thoughts of hatred were thunder and lightning, there would be a storm over the whole earth all the year round.


Topics: Hate
35.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.


36.
If there’s a job to be done, I always ask the busiest men in my parish to take it on and it gets done.

If there’s a job to be done, I always ask the busiest men in my parish to take it on and it gets done.


37.
There are a hundred men hacking at the branches of evil to every one who is striking at the roots of evil.

There are a hundred men hacking at the branches of evil to every one who is striking at the roots of evil.


38.
There’s not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs, than with his children, servants and neighbors.

There's not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs, than with his children, servants and neighbors.


Topics: Angels
39.
God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.


Topics: Motives