Henry Ward Beecher

“Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.”

“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”

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


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

“Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.”

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page.”

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

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

“God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.”

“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

“Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.”

“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.”

“In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.”

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”

“It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.”

“Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.”

“Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”

“Living is 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 children.”

“Love is the river of life in the world.”


“Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.”

“Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.”

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

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

“Now comes the mystery.”

“One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.”

“A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

“Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”

“That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.”

“To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.”

“Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.”

“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.”

“What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”