Talk:Henry van Dyke

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Where are the attribution sources? This information is useless ~ —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

I've added numerous sourced quotes. The unsourced ones remain, but if any sources can be provided, they can then be moved to the Sourced section. ~ UDScott 19:19, 9 January 2007 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Henry van Dyke. --Antiquary 19:30, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, Ηe provideth a kindness for many generations, Αnd faces that he haith not seen shall bless him. - A PSALM OF FRIENDLY TREES, p.102-3, from Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land (1908)
  • 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.
  • In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
  • Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
  • One should always learn to enjoy the neighbor's garden, however small; the roses straggling over the fence, the scent of lilacs drifting across the road.
  • Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
  • Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
  • 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 a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use what talent you possess – the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
  • 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.