Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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No man is more cheated than the selfish man.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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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

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Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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

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A law is valuable, not because it is a law, but because there is right in it.
– Henry Ward Beecher

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