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Born in November 10, 1852 / Died in April 10, 1933 / United States / English

Quotes by Henry Van Dyke

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.
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.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.
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.
Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
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.
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.
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
Use what talent you possess - the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
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.
I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life.
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.
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.
He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he haith not seen shall bless him.