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 :: 1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer

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''I can forgive, but I cannot forget,'' is only another way of saying, ''I cannot forgive.''
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Forgiveness]

 

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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Books and Reading]

 

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A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Christians and Christianity]

 

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A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Time and Time Management]

 

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A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Libraries]

 

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A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Character]

 

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A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Self-expression]

 

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A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Humor]

 

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A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Gratitude]

 

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A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Tools]

 

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Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Adversity]

 

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All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Ambition]

 

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All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Words]

 

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Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Books and Reading]

 

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Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Appearance]

 

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Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Death and Dying]

 

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Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Defeat]

 

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Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Losers and Losing]

 

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Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty--how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Education]

 

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Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
~ Henry Ward Beecher - [Charity]

 

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