Henry van Dyke
1852 – 1933
Who was Henry van Dyke?
- 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.
- Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
- There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
- 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.
- Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there 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.
- Four things a man must learn to doIf he would make his record true:To think without confusion clearly;To love his fellow-men sincerely;To act from honest motives purely;To trust in God and Heaven securely.
- What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
- 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.
- Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
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