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Henry Ward Beecher

1813-1887. Liberal U.S. Congregational minister. One of the most influential Protestant spokesmen of his time.

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Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.

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No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.

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There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

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

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The Bible is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.

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It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

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We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.

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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -- torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

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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.

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

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