Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry
If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be
roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon
it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are.
what a man says to you when he is angry.
Speak when you're
angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly
improve his appearance.
dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Books and Reading
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the
way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Where is human
nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.
That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment
Death and Dying
death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of
the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that
Now comes the
[Beecher's last words]
are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane
on proper occasions.
acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Friends and Friendship
Keep a fair-sized
cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.
man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he
be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
We are not
to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made
them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it
is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment.
The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring
is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more.
In the ordinary
business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very
many things which it cannot.
What a mother
sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently
between both, more bewitching than either.
Men will let you
abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
the river of life in the world.
a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
heart is the child's schoolroom.
opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong
will, and the other from a strong won't.
are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.
not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
success comes after their greatest disappointments.
It is not the
going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a
Time and Time Management
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.
is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.
are pegs to hang ideas on.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according
to what he has.