Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes - openly bad and secretly bad.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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.
– Henry Ward Beecher