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Henry Van Dyke Quotes

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.

A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.

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.

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.

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.

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.

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

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.

It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.

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

Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.

Some people are so afraid do 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 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.

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.