Henry vanDyke was an American poet, author, educator, and clergyman
who was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
He attended Princeton University.
He had a passion for writing as demonstrated in his many
Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul,
Not hastening to, nor turning from the goal;
Nor mourning things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To youth and age, and travels on with cheer.
So let the way wind up the hill or down,
Through rough or smooth, the journey will be joy,
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy --
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest,
Because the road's last turn will be the best.
Poems About Life |
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed
because they are determined to.
The desire of happiness, beyond all doubt, is a natural desire. It
is the law of life itself that every being seeks and strives toward the
perfection of its kind, the realization of its own specific ideal in
form and function, and a true harmony with its environment
Motivational Poems |
He that planteth a tree is a servant of God,
he provideth a kindness for many generations,
and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.
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 not.
Short Love Poems |
When you have good luck in anything, you ought to be glad. Indeed, if
you are not glad, you are not really lucky.
Christianity is a revealing religion, a teaching religion, a religion
which conveys to the inquiring spirit certain great and positive
solutions of the problems of life.
The proverb says that 'well begun is half done.' But the other half is
harder and more necessary,-to get a thing well ended.
But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best
than to remain content with the worst.
It is not a blessing to know the things that Christ teaches, and then go
on living as if they were false or doubtful. It is a trouble, a torment,
a secret misery. To know that God is our Father, and yet to withhold
our love and service from Him; to know that Christ died for us, and yet
to deny Him and refuse to follow Him; to know that there is an immortal
life, and yet to waste and lose our souls in the pursuit of sensual
pleasure and such small portion of the world as we may hope to
gain,--surely that is the deepest of all unhappiness.
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.
Poems of Faith |
Never believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively
know it to be true; never tell even
that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary -
and remember that God is listening while you tell it.
If true honour
lies in the respect and grateful love of one's fellow-men, if true
success lies in a contented heart and a peaceful conscience, then the
men who have reached the highest goal of life are those who have
followed most closely the way to which Jesus Christ points us and in
which He goes before us.
Words of Faith |
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world.
It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Helping Others |
Use what talent you possess - the woods would be
very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Funny Quotes about Life |
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.
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living,
new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration
of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
Brotherhood Quotes |
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not
depend on what we have, but on what we are.
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.
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.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what
becomes of us.
Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
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.
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