Henry Van Dyke

(Henry Jackson van Dyke Jr.)

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So it's home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be, In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars! Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
A friend is what the heart needs all the time. Time ;Friendship
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war. War & Peace
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
Genius is talent set on fire by courage. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
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. Society ;Life
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. Happiness & Unhappiness
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. Death
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 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. Religion & God
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. Inspiration
There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
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. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
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. Death

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