Henry vanDyke Quotes

Henry vanDyke
November 10, 1852 - April 10, 1933,

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 short stories.


There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
Henry vanDyke
Quotes about Being Happy   |  



Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
Henry vanDyke
Words of Encouragement   |  



Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
Henry vanDyke
Inspirational Quotes   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
Poems About Life   |  



Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.
Henry vanDyke
Success   |  



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
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Kindness   |  



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 not.
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Luck   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
Positive   |  



The proverb says that 'well begun is half done.' But the other half is harder and more necessary,-to get a thing well ended.
Henry vanDyke
Proverbs  |



But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best than to remain content with the worst.
Henry vanDyke
Encouraging   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
God   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Gossip   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Helping Others   |  



Use what talent you possess - the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Life   |  



As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
Henry vanDyke
Habit   |  



In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
Henry vanDyke
Brotherhood Quotes   |  



Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.
Henry vanDyke
Love   |  



Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
Henry vanDyke
Happiness   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
Faith   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
Possibilities   |  



Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry vanDyke
Thanksgiving   |  



What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
Henry vanDyke
Action   |  



Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
Henry vanDyke
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.
Henry vanDyke
Choices   |  



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.
Henry vanDyke
Death   |  


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