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Henry Ward Beecher

Data de nascimento: 24. Junho 1813
Data de falecimento: 8. Março 1887

Henry Ward Beecher foi um pastor, editor e escritor estadunidense,talvez o mais influente porta-voz do protestantismo de seu tempo. Aos domingos, multidões de até 2.500 pessoas se reuniam na Igreja Congregacional de Plymouth, no Brooklin, em Nova York, para ouvir o poderoso orador falar não só sobre Deus, mas também sobre sua oposição à escravidão e seu apoio ao sufrágio feminino, à teoria evolucionista e ao livre comércio. Seu prestígio só cresceu em 1863 quando, em férias na Inglaterra, fez uma série de palestras sobre a Guerra Civil em Londres, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow e Edimburgo; essas apresentações tiveram extraordinário efeito sobre o público britânico, ganhando simpatia para a causa da União. Beecher era um homem emotivo e carismático - Sinclair Lewis escreveu sobre ele em 1927: "Ele era uma combinação de santo Agostinho, Barnum e John Barrymore." -, mas sua reputação foi manchada quando seu amigo Theodore Tilton o proscessou em 1874 sob acusação de ter cometido adultério com sua mulher. O sensacional julgamento Tilton terminou em 1875, sem que o júri chegasse a um veredicto. Apesar disso, o clérigo continuou sendo uma figura social eminente pelo resto de sua vida. Suas obras incluem Seven Lectures to Young Men , Eyes an Ears , The Life of Jesus, the Christ e Evolution an Religion .

"Quanto maior a dificuldade, tanto maior o mérito em superá-la." Henry Ward Breecher

„Não é o trabalho que acaba com a pessoa, mas as preocupações.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Life thoughts‎ - Página 50 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=WZ49AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA50, Henry Ward Beecher - Alexander Stranan and Co., 1860 - 369 páginas

„Só damos valor ao amor de nossos pais quando também somos pais.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

I think we never know the love of the parent for the child till we become parents.
Royal truths‎ - Página 167 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=jUsPJ4ObDcUC&pg=PA167, Henry Ward Beecher - Ticknor and Fields, 1866 - 324 páginas

„Um homem orgulhoso raramente é grato, porque tudo quanto recebe, ele crê que é merecido.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves
Life thoughts: gathered from the extemporaneous discourses of Henry Ward Beecher‎ - Página 115 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=OZ8ZAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA115, Henry Ward Beecher, Edna Dean Proctor - 1866 - 332 páginas

„Quanto maior a dificuldade, tanto maior o mérito em superá-la.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher citado em "Citações da Cultura Universal" - Página 329, Alberto J. G. Villamarín, Editora AGE Ltda, 2002, ISBN 8574970891, 9788574970899
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„Uma casa sem livros é como um quarto sem janelas.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

A house without books is like a room without windows
Eyes and Ears - Página 155 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=DerWQUclOF4C&pg=PA155, Henry Ward Beecher - 1862

„A força de um homem consiste em descobrir o caminho que Deus está trilhando, e trilhar esse caminho.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way too.
Life thoughts‎ - Página 34 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=WZ49AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA34, Henry Ward Beecher - Alexander Stranan and Co., 1860, 15a. ed. - 369 páginas

„The physician says to a household: "Here is a great realm of food. Eat that which agrees with you. The same kinds of food do not agree with all people. If you grow healthy on the food that I loathe, that is the food for you, although it disagrees with me; and if I grow healthy on the food that you loathe, that is the food for me, although it disagrees with you." And it is very much so in the matter of believing. All cannot believe the same things, or cannot believe things in the same way.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

The Nature, Importance and Liberties of Belief (1873)
Contexto: It is with the mind as it is with the body, in this respect. The physician says to a household: "Here is a great realm of food. Eat that which agrees with you. The same kinds of food do not agree with all people. If you grow healthy on the food that I loathe, that is the food for you, although it disagrees with me; and if I grow healthy on the food that you loathe, that is the food for me, although it disagrees with you." And it is very much so in the matter of believing. All cannot believe the same things, or cannot believe things in the same way.
"But," say men, "believing amounts to nothing if one man may believe one thing, and another man another thing." Well, let me ask, then, is it not possible for truth to be so large that ten men shall believe it differently, and yet each one of them so sectionally believe it, that they shall be all true though none of them has more than partial truth, and that all of them shall compass the whole truth?

„My life lies beyond the present.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 109
Contexto: Christ is the ideal of what a man should be. He has my ideal portrait, as it were, drawn out in His own thought and feeling. There is an exaltation and a grandeur for myself in the time to come, which Christ knows, and I do not; but I am following after. I am pressing up toward that thought that Christ has of what I am and ought to be; and I am determined that I will apprehend it as Christ Himself does. Not that I have it; but I will strive for it. My manhood is in the future. My life lies beyond the present.

„Oh, tell me not that they are dead — that generous host, that airy army of invisible heroes. They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation. Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language?“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

"The Honored Dead" (1863) memorialized the Union dead; a popular piece for declamation among schoolchildren, also published as "Our Heroes Shall Live"
Miscellany
Contexto: Oh, tell me not that they are dead — that generous host, that airy army of invisible heroes. They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation. Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society, and inspire the people with nobler motives, and more heroic patriotism?
Ye that mourn, let gladness mingle with your tears. It was your son, but now he is the nation's. He made your household bright: now his example inspires a thousand households. Dear to his brothers and sisters, he is now brother to every generous youth in the land. Before, he was narrowed, appropriated, shut up to you. Now he is augmented, set free, and given to all. Before, he was yours: he is ours. He has died from the family, that he might live to the nation. Not one name shall be forgotten or neglected: and it shall by and by be confessed of our modern heroes, as it is of an ancient hero, that he did more for his country by his death than by his whole life.

„The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher

Lectures to Young Men: On Various Important Subjects (1856) Lecture IV : Portrait Gallery
Miscellany
Contexto: The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.

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