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It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. ---->>>

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

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

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

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

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

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.

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. ---->>>

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. ---->>>

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.

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. ---->>>

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ---->>>

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low. ---->>>

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice. ---->>>

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it. ---->>>

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. ---->>>

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

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

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

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

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

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

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

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

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

Love is the river of life in the world. ---->>>

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!

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!

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

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.

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown. ---->>>

Now comes the mystery. ---->>>

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are. ---->>>

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.

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

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

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. ---->>>

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. ---->>>

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life. ---->>>

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

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

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

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

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.

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better. ---->>>

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. ---->>>

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. ---->>>

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

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

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

The most dangerous people are the ignorant. ---->>>

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

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

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. ---->>>

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. ---->>>

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. ---->>>

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one. ---->>>

The dog is the god of frolic.

The dog is the god of frolic.

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

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

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. ---->>>

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness. ---->>>

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses. ---->>>

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable. ---->>>

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty. ---->>>

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung. ---->>>

You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are. ---->>>

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

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ---->>>

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude. ---->>>

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more. ---->>>

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

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul. ---->>>

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. ---->>>

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God. ---->>>

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child. ---->>>

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

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

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.

We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred. ---->>>

Suffering is part of the divine idea. ---->>>

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. ---->>>

Theology is a science of mind applied to God. ---->>>

Books are not men and yet they stay alive. ---->>>

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. ---->>>

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

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. ---->>>

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain. ---->>>

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich. ---->>>

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

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. ---->>>

You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. ---->>>

A church debt is the devil's salary. ---->>>

There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books. ---->>>

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

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient. ---->>>

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: June 24, 1813
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, US
Die: March 8, 1887
Occupation: Clergyman
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Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial.(wikipedia)