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"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
by Henry Ward Beecher

"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.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Related topics: Inspirational Forgiveness

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher PHOTO

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

 

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Worry is rust upon the blade.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- 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

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Good nature is worth more than knowledge,
more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Faith is spiritualized imagination.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom,
but it is always on her heart.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

The dog is the god of frolic.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both,
more bewitching than either.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Love is the river of life in the world.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy,
is government.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing.
It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The moment an ill can be patiently handled,
it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
- Henry Ward Beecher

When a nation's young men are conservative,
its funeral bell is already rung.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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.
- Henry Ward Beecher

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts
by the attraction of his own.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Success is full of promise till one gets it,
and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent
and universal as that of hatred.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore;
So much the better,
you may laugh the more.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

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.
- Henry Ward Beecher

He is rich or poor according to what he is,
not according to what he has.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others,
but never excuses himself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender
shadows which our sorrows cast.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
- Henry Ward Beecher

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today,
enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
- Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot sift out the poor from the community.
The poor are indispensable to the rich.
- Henry Ward Beecher

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
- Henry Ward Beecher

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Law represents the effort of man to organize society;
governments,
the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
- Henry Ward Beecher

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them,
any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
- Henry Ward Beecher


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