Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

Adversity

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

Anger

  • “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.”

  • “Never forget 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.”

Art

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

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

Beginnings

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

Mothers, Children

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

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

Death & Dying

  • “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.”

Dog Day Afternoon

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

Enthusiasm

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

Famous Last Words

  • “Now comes the mystery.”

Fear

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

Flowers

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

Forgiveness

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

Friendship

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

Gratitude

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

Heaven

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

Know Thyself, Wise Sayings

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

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

Laughter

  • “Laughter 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.”

Love & Romance

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

Medicine

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

Mothers

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

Philanthropy

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

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

Success

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

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

The Power of Words

  • “All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”

Time

  • “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.”

Trouble, Trouble, Boil & Bubble

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

Trying

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