Henry Ward Beecher
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"Henry Ward Beecher" was an American Congregational church/Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the Abolitionism in the United States/abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial.

Henry Ward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his age. Several of his brothers and sisters became well-known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame with her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Amherst College in 1834 and Lane Theological Seminary in 1837 before serving as a minister in Indianapolis and Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

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

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 never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.

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

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Troubles are often the tools God fashions us for better things.

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

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

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.

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

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.

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Now comes the mystery.

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

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

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is a human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.

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

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.

The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.

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.

Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a 'but'.

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

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

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.

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

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.

It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it.

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

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

It is not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a lifelong struggle that makes us valiant.

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.

Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world is government.