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Henry Ward Beecher



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

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

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

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    Faith is spiritualized imagination.

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    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.

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

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    Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

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    Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Love is the river of life in the world.

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

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

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

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    Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

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    Every one has conscience enough to hate; few have religion enough to love

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

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    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.

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    Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

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    We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.

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

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

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    There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and, of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother

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    Half the spiritual difficulties that men and women suffer arise from a morbid state of health

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    By Labor the North has subdued Nature, changed a parsimonious soil to fertility, built dwellings for almost her whole population, raised the school-house, established the Church, encircled the globe with her ships, and made her books and her papers to be as blades of grass and as leave of the Summer for number. But in the South, labor, a badge of shame, is the father of misery. The slave labors, but with no cheerit is not the road to respectability, it will honor him with no citizens trust, it brings no bread to his family, no grain to his garner, no leisure in after-days, no books or papers to his children. It opens no school-house door, builds no church, rears for him no factory, lays no keel, fills no bank, earns no acres. With sweat and toil and ignorance he consumes his life, to pour the earnings into channels from which he does no drink, into hands that never honor him. But perpetually rob and often torment.

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    Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

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    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.

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