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Quotations by Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward BeecherCrime never pays its own way - Jails are built out of honest men's earnings. Courts are supported from peaceful men's property. Penitentiaries are built by the toil of virtue. Crime never pays its own way. Vice has no hands to work, no head to calculate. Its whole faculty is to corrupt and to waste; and good men, directly or indirectly, foot the bill.

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

The quiet peace of knitting - Who ever saw a person other than quiet and peaceful that knits? If anger breaks out, the knitting is laid aside. When the needles begin again, you may be sure that it is all right within.

Equality of the sexes - People may talk about the equality of the sexes. They are not equal. The silent smile of a sensible, loving woman will vanquish ten men.

He who who drives birds from his garden - We charge every man with positive dishonesty who drives birds from his garden in fruit-time. The fruit is theirs as well as yours. They took care of it as much as you did. If they had not eaten egg, worm, and bug, your fruit would have been pierced and ruined. They only come for wages. No honest man will cheat a bird of his spring and summer's work.

The dog was created for children - The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.

The heart makes us rich - No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.