Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher


The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A church debt is the devil's salary.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
– Henry Ward Beecher
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
– Henry Ward Beecher
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty-how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Faith is spiritualized imagination.
– Henry Ward Beecher