The Crown of Life: From the Writings of Henry Ward Beecher

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Lothrop, 1890 - 346 páginas

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Página 341 - And now the martyr is moving in triumphal march, mightier than when alive. The nation rises up at every stage of his coming. Cities and States are his pall-bearers, and the cannon beats the hours with solemn progression.
Página 336 - Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words, while their ears can hear them, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them; the kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go.
Página 337 - I would rather have a plain coffin without a flower, a funeral without a eulogy, than a life without the sweetness of love and sympathy. Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand for their burial. Post-mortem kindness does not cheer the burdened spirit. Flowers on the coffin cast no fragrance backward over the weary way.
Página 235 - The twig told it to the branch on which it grew, and the branch told it to the tree. And when the tree heard it, it rustled all over, and sent back word to the leaf, " Do not be afraid; hold on tightly, and you shall not go till you want to ". And so the leaf stopped sighing, but went on nestling and singing.
Página 279 - Christ, or to a law or a plan of salvation, but from the fullness of his great heart ; that he was a being not made mad by sin, but sorry ; that he was not furious with wrath toward the sinner, but pitied him, — in short, that he felt toward me as my mother felt toward me, to whose eyes my wrong-doing brought tears, who never pressed me so close to her as when I had done wrong, and who would fain, with her yearning love, lift me out of trouble.
Página 235 - ONCE on a time a little leaf was heard to sigh and cry, as leaves often do when a gentle wind is about. And the twig said : "What is the matter, little leaf?
Página 98 - fixed " for him. No man ever yet learned by having somebody else learn for him. A man learns arithmetic by blunder in and blunder out, but at last he gets it. A man learns to write through scrawling ; a man learns to swim by going into the water ; and a man learns to vote by voting. Now we are not attempting to make a Government; we are attempting to teach...
Página 287 - To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to have Christ so melted and dissolved in you that when you preach your own self you preach Him as Paul did, to have every part of you living and luminous with Christ, and then to make use of everything that is in you — your analogical reasoning, your logical reasoning, your imagination, your mirthfulness, your humor, your indignation, your wrath — to take everything that is in you, all steeped in Jesus Christ, and to throw yourself with all your power upon...
Página 236 - Then the little leaf began to want to go, and grew very beautiful in thinking of it, and when it was very gay in color, it saw that the branches of the tree had no color in them, and so the leaf said, ' Oh, branches ! why are you lead color and we golden?' 'We must keep on our work clothes, for our life is not done ; but your clothes are for holiday, because your tasks are over.
Página 336 - If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away, full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection, which they intend to break over my dead body, I would rather they would bring them out in my weary and troubled hours, and open them, that I may be refreshed and cheered by them while I need them.

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