Henry Van Dyke Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Van Dyke
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Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me! I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars. Henry Van Dyke
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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. Henry Van Dyke
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The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride: The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside. Henry Van Dyke
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Romantic love interests almost everybody, because almost everybody knows something about it, or would like to know. Henry Van Dyke
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I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest, because the road's last turn will be the best. Henry Van Dyke
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For those who love... time is eternity... Henry Van Dyke
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Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. Henry Van Dyke
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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
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Gratitude is a two fold love - love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest. Henry Van Dyke
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We may be able to tell how many stars are in the Milky Way; we may be able to count the petals of every flower, and number the bones of every bird; but unless faith leads us to a deeper understanding, a more reverent comprehension of the significance of the universe, God can be no more pleased with our knowledge than the painter is pleased with the fly which touches his picture with its feelers, and sips the varnish from the surface, and dies without dreaming of the meaning, thought, feeling, embodied in the colors. Henry Van Dyke
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Ere thou sleepest, gently lay Every troubled thought away; Put off worry and distress As thou puttest off thy dress; Drop thy burden and thy care In the quiet arms of prayer. Lord thou knowest how I live, All I'VE DONE AMISS FORGIVE; ALL OF GOOD I'VE TRIED TO DO STRENGTHEN, bless and carry through; All I love in safety keep While in Thee I fall asleep. Henry Van Dyke
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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 Van Dyke
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The brave man is intelligent; he faces danger because he understands it and is prepared to meet it. The drunkard who runs, in the delirium of intoxication, into a burning house is not brave; he is only stupid. But the clear-eyed hero who makes his way, with every sense alert and every nerve strung, into the hell of flames to rescue some little child, proves his courage. Henry Van Dyke
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Life is an arrow, therefore you must know What mark to aim at, how to use the bow- Then draw it to the head and let it go! Henry Van Dyke
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Religion? Yes, I know it well; I've heard its prayers and creeds, And seen men put them all to shame with poor, half-hearted deeds. They follow Christ, but far away; they wander and they doubt. I'll serve him in a better way, and live his precepts out. Henry Van Dyke
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This is the soldier brave enough to tellThe glory-dazzled world that "war is hell":Lover of peace, he looks beyond the strife,And rides through hell to save his country's life. Henry Van Dyke
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A tear that trembles for a little while Upon the trembling eyelid, till the world Wavers within its circle like a dream, Holds more of meaning in its narrow orb Than all the distant landscape that it blurs. Henry Van Dyke
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This is the gospel of labour, ring it, ye bells of the kirk! The Lord of Love came down from above, to live with the men who work. This is the rose that He planted, here in the thorn-curst soil: Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but the blessing of Earth is toil. Henry Van Dyke
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For ever so our thoughtful hearts repeat On fields of triumph dirges of defeat; And still we turn on gala-days to tread Among the rustling memories of the dead. Henry Van Dyke
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Thou warden of the western gate, above Manhattan Bay, The fogs of doubt that hid thy face are driven clean away: Thine eyes at last look far and clear, thou liftest high thy hand To spread the light of liberty world-wide for every land. Henry Van Dyke
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Spend as much time as possible, with body and with spirit in God's out-of-doors. Henry Van Dyke
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Even if we should find another Eden, we would not be fit to enjoy it perfectly nor stay in it forever. Henry Van Dyke
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One truly affectionate soul in a family will evert a sweetening and harmonizing influence upon all its members. Henry Van Dyke
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Long ago Apollo called to Aristaeus, youngest of the shepherds, Saying, "I will make you keeper of my bees." Golden were the hives, and golden was the honey; golden, too, the music, Where the honey-makers hummed among the trees. Henry Van Dyke
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Not to the swift, the race: Not to the strong, the fight: Not to the righteous, perfect grace: Not to the wise, the light. But often faltering feet Come surest to the goal; And they who walk in darkness meet The sunrise of the soul. Henry Van Dyke
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The shadow by my finger cast Divides the future from the past: Before it, sleeps the unborn hour, In darkness, and beyond thy power. Behind its unreturning line, The vanished hour, no longer thine: One hour alone is in thy hands,- The NOW on which the shadow stands. Henry Van Dyke
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It is better to follow even the shadow of the best, than to remain content with the worst. Henry Van Dyke
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The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
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Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. Henry Van Dyke
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We measure success by accumulation. The measure is false. The true measure is appreciation. He who loves most has most. Henry Van Dyke
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Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings. Henry Van Dyke
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Jazz: Music invented for the torture of imbeciles. Henry Van Dyke
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A tear that trembles for a little while Upon the trembling eyelid, till the world Wavers within its circle like a dream, Holds more of meaning in its narrow orb Than all the distant landscape that it blurs. Henry Van Dyke
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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
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In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence. Henry Van Dyke
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Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live. Henry Van Dyke
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A friend is what the heart needs all the time. Henry Van Dyke
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Man said, "I am tired of kings! Sons of the robber-chiefs of yore, They make me pay for their lust and their war; I am the puppet, they pull the strings; The blood of my heart is the wine they drink. I will govern myself for awhile I think, And see what that brings! Henry Van Dyke
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I heard through the nightThe rush and the clamour;The pulse of the fightLike blows of Thor's hammer;The pattering flightOf the leaves, and the anguishedMoan of the forest vanquished. Henry Van Dyke
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Death comes in its own time, in its own way.Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it. Henry Van Dyke
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I'm only wishing to go a-fishing;For this the month of May was made. Henry Van Dyke
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Peace without Justice is a low estate,- A coward cringing to an iron Fate! But Peace through Justice is the great ideal,- We'll pay the price of war to make it real. Henry Van Dyke
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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
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The storm is ended! The impartial sun Laughs down upon the battle lost and won, And crowns the triumph of the cloudy host In rolling lines retreating to the coast. Henry Van Dyke
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I'm only wishing to go a-fishing; For this the month of May was made. Henry Van Dyke
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Modest egotism is the salt of conversation; you do not want too much of it, but if it is altogether omitted, everything tastes flat. Henry Van Dyke
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Every country-or at least every country that is fit for habitation-has its own rivers; and every river has its own quality; and it is the part of wisdom to know and love as many as you can, seeing each in the fairest possible light, and receiving from each the best that it has to give. Henry Van Dyke
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The birth of Jesus is the sunrise in the Bible. Henry Van Dyke
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For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river. Henry Van Dyke
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There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. Henry Van Dyke
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be gl?d of life, bec?use it gives you the ch?nce to love ?nd to work ?nd to pl?y ?nd to look up ?t the st?rs; to be s?tisfied with your posessions, to despise nothing in the world except f?lsehood ?nd me?nness ?nd to fe?r nothing except cow?rdice; to be governed by your ?dmir?tions r?ther th?n by your disgusts, to covet nothing th?t is your neighbour's except his kindness of he?rt ?nd gentleness of m?nners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and to spend ?s much time ?s you c?n with body ?nd with spirit. Henry Van Dyke
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Every house where love abides And friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home sweet home For there the heart can rest. Henry Van Dyke
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If all the skies were sunshine Our faces would be fain To feel once more upon them The cooling splash of rain. If all the world were music, Our hearts would often long For one sweet strain of silence, To break the endless song If life were always merry, Our souls would seek relief, And rest from weary laughter In the quiet arms of grief. Henry Van Dyke
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Love is not about getting - but giving. Henry Van Dyke
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There is no conflict between the Old and the New; the conflict is between the False and the True. Henry Van Dyke
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A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war. Henry Van Dyke
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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. Henry Van Dyke
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Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why. Henry Van Dyke
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Courage is the standing army of the soul which keeps it from conquest, pillage, and slavery. Henry Van Dyke
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Flowers rejoice when night is done, Lift their heads to greet the sun; Sweetest looks and odours raise, In a silent hymn of praise. Henry Van Dyke
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Like water spilt upon the ground-alas, Our little lives flow swiftly on and pass; Yet may they bring rich harvests and green grass! Henry Van Dyke
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Come, my friend, forget your foes, and leave your fears behind, And wander forth to try your luck, with cheerful, quiet mind; For be your fortune great or small, you take what God will give, And all the day your heart will say, "'Tis luck enough to live. Henry Van Dyke
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Peace without Justice is a low estate,? A coward cringing to an iron Fate! But Peace through Justice is the great ideal,? We'll pay the price of war to make it real. Henry Van Dyke
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Subjection to fear is weakness, bondage, feverish unrest. To be afraid is to have no soul that we can call our own; it is to be at the beck and call of alien powers, to be chained and driven and tormented; it is to lose the life itself in the anxious care to keep it. Henry Van Dyke
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Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at stars. Henry Van Dyke
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Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned how to put it out. Henry Van Dyke
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O brave flag, O bright flag, O flag to lead the free! The glory of thy silver stars, Engrailed in blue above the bars Of red for courage, white for truth, Has brought the world a second youth And drawn a hundred million hearts to follow after thee. Henry Van Dyke
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He that planteth a tree is the servant of God, He provideth a kindness for many generations, And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him. Henry Van Dyke
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Death comes in its own time, in its own way. Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it. Henry Van Dyke
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The mountain is voiceless and imperturbable; and its very loftiness and serenity sometimes make us the more lonely. Henry Van Dyke
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