Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

“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.”

“Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are”

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”

“There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.”

“Genius is talent set on fire by courage”

“When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.”

“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.”

“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 friend is what the heart needs all the time.”

“Gratitude is a twofold love / love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.”

“What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us”

“There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.”

“Tact is the unsaid part of what you think; it’s opposite, the unthought part of which you say.”

“Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.”

“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.”

“In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.”

“Who can explain the secret pathos of Nature’s loveliness? It is a touch of melancholy inherited from our mother Eve. It is an unconscious memory of the lost Paradise. It is the sense that even if we should find another Eden, we would not be fit to enjoy it perfectly nor stay in it forever.”

“Many a treasure besides Ali Baba’s is unlocked with a verbal key.”

“There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart – never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.”

“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.”

“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.”

“It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.”

“Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.”

“Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.”

“Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.”

“A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.”

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