To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.
Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.
Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more.
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.
Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
Love is the river of life in the world.
The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.
The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Henry Ward Beecherwas an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial...