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47 Inspirational Henry Van Dyke Quotes on Life (TIME)

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“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 Van Dyke
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.Pin
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.
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.Pin
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.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.Pin
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.Pin
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.Pin
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.
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.Pin
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.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.Pin
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.Pin
There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.Pin
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.

10 Inspirational Henry Van Dyke Quotes About Friendship & Love

“And you will remember that love is not getting, but giving; not a wild dream of pleasure, and a madness of desire — oh no, love is not that — it is goodness, and honour, and peace, and pure living — yes, love is that; and it is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives longest.”

Henry Van Dyke
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.Pin
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.
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.Pin
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.
A friend is what the heart needs all the time.Pin
A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home sweet home for there the heart can rest.Pin
Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home sweet home for there the heart can rest.

“There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light, And every kind of love makes a glory in the night. There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest, But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.”

Henry Van Dyke
Gratitude is a two fold love - love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.Pin
Gratitude is a two fold love – love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.
Love is the heart's immortal thirst to be completely known and all forgiven.Pin
Love is the heart’s immortal thirst to be completely known and all forgiven.
Love is not getting, but giving; It is goodness, and honor, and peace and pure living.Pin
Love is not getting, but giving; It is goodness, and honor, and peace and pure living.
Love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.Pin
Love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.

8 Motivational Henry Van Dyke Quotes About Life

“A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own; and it is as full of good fellowship as a sugar maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects grave and gay… For real company and friendship there is nothing, outside of the animal kingdom, that is comparable to a river.”

Henry Van Dyke
The strength of your life is measured by the strength of your will.Pin
The strength of your life is measured by the strength of your will.
Genius is talent set on fire by courage.Pin
Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.Pin
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

“These are the things I prize and hold of dearest worth: Light of the sapphire skies, Peace of the silent hills, Shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass, Music of birds, murmur of little rills, Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass, And, after showers, The smell of flowers And of the good brown earth – And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.”

Henry Van Dyke
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.Pin
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.Pin
Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
Those who would see wonderful things must often be ready to travel alone.Pin
Those who would see wonderful things must often be ready to travel alone.

6 Henry Van Dyke Quotes on Faith & Seeking God

But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed.Pin
But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed.
Heaven often seems distant and unknown, but if He who made the road… is our guide, we need not fear to lose the way.Pin
Heaven often seems distant and unknown, but if He who made the road… is our guide, we need not fear to lose the way.
Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. But that courage springs from the hope and confidence of the soul that its adventure will succeed.Pin
Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. But that courage springs from the hope and confidence of the soul that its adventure will succeed.
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.Pin
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.
Lord, when my spirit shall return to thee, At the foot of a friendly tree let my body be buried, That this dust may rise and rejoice among the branches.Pin
Lord, when my spirit shall return to thee, At the foot of a friendly tree let my body be buried, That this dust may rise and rejoice among the branches.
We are all swimmers in God's mighty sea.Pin
We are all swimmers in God’s mighty sea.

7 Wise Henry Van Dyke Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

“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.”

Henry Van Dyke
Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings.Pin
Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings.
Spend as much time as possible, with body and with spirit in God's out-of-doors.Pin
Spend as much time as possible, with body and with spirit in God’s out-of-doors.
It is better to follow even the shadow of the best, than to remain content with the worst.Pin
It is better to follow even the shadow of the best, than to remain content with the worst.

“A clean and sensitive conscience, a steady and scrupulous integrity in small things as well as large, is the most valuable of all possessions, to a nation as to an individual.”

Henry Van Dyke
It is better to burn the candle at both ends, and in the middle, too, than to put it away in the closet and let the mice eat it.Pin
It is better to burn the candle at both ends, and in the middle, too, than to put it away in the closet and let the mice eat it.
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.Pin
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.

6 Henry Van Dyke Quotes that Will Make You Think

There is no conflict between the Old and the New; the conflict is between the False and the True.Pin
There is no conflict between the Old and the New; the conflict is between the False and the True.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.Pin
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.Pin
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
Tact is the unsaid part of what you think.Pin
Tact is the unsaid part of what you think.
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.Pin
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.Pin
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
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