Henry Van Dyke

  • “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
  • “To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.”
  • “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.”
  • “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
  • “What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.”
  • “A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own; and it is as full of good fellowship as a sugar maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects grave and gay…. For real company and friendship there is nothing, outside of the animal kingdom, that is comparable to a river.”
  • “There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.”
  • “If all the skies were sunshine Our faces would be fain To feel once more upon them The cooling splash of rain. If all the world were music, Our hearts would often long For one sweet strain of silence, To break the endless song If life were always merry, Our souls would seek relief, And rest from weary laughter In the quiet arms of grief.”
  • “Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”
  • “It is better to desire the things we have than to have the things we desire.”
  • “Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings.”
  • “Love is not getting, but giving; It is goodness, and honor, and peace and pure living.”
  • “And you will remember that love is not getting, but giving; not a wild dream of pleasure, and a madness of desire — oh no, love is not that — it is goodness, and honour, and peace, and pure living — yes, love is that; and it is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives longest.”
  • “Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul, May keep the path, but will not reach the goal; While he who walks in love may wander far, Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.”
  • “Those who would see wonderful things must often be ready to travel alone.”
  • “Every house where love abides
    And friendship is a guest,
    Is surely home, and home sweet home
    For there the heart can rest.”
  • “be glαd of life, becαuse it gives you the chαnce to love αnd to work αnd to plαy αnd to look up αt the stαrs; to be sαtisfied with your posessions, to despise nothing in the world except fαlsehood αnd meαnness αnd to feαr nothing except cowαrdice; to be governed by your αdmirαtions rαther thαn by your disgusts, to covet nothing thαt is your neighbour’s except his kindness of heαrt αnd gentleness of mαnners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and to spend αs much time αs you cαn with body αnd with spirit.”
  • “Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.”
  • “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
  • “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
  • “Heaven often seems distant and unknown, but if He who made the road… is our guide, we need not fear to lose the way.”
  • “A clean and sensitive conscience, a steady and scrupulous integrity in small things as well as large, is the most valuable of all possessions, to a nation as to an individual.”
  • “Love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.”
  • “There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.”
  • “These are the things I prize And hold of dearest worth: Light of the sapphire skies, Peace of the silent hills, Shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass, Music of birds, murmur of little rills, Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass, And, after showers, The smell of flowers And of the good brown earth,- And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.”

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