Henry Van Dyke Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old henry van dyke quotes, henry van dyke sayings, and henry van dyke proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.     

Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.      

Henry Van Dyke

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.     

Henry Van Dyke

It is not the gift, but the thought that counts.     

Henry Van Dyke

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.      

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.     

Henry Van Dyke

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

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.     

Henry Van Dyke

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.     

Henry Van Dyke

I'm only wishing to go a-fishing;For this the month of May was made.     

Henry Van Dyke

Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings.     

Henry Van Dyke

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.     

Henry Van Dyke

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.     

Henry Van Dyke

Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.     

Henry Van Dyke

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.     

Henry Van Dyke

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.      

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.     

Henry Van Dyke

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.     

Henry Van Dyke

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 while you tell it.     

Henry Van Dyke

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

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.      

Henry Van Dyke

A flawless cup: how delicate and fine The flowing curve of every jewelled line! Look, turn it up or down, 'tis perfect still-- But holds no drop of life's heart-warming wine.     

Henry Van Dyke

In love and friendship, small, steady payments on a gold basis are better than immense promissory notes.     

Henry Van Dyke

You can't choose between Love and Friendship. They're like a package: You either get both or you lose both     

Henry Van Dyke

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.     

Henry Van Dyke

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

Tact ... is the unsaid part of what you think.... And there is only one thing more potent--its opposite--the unthought part of what you say.     

Henry Van Dyke

Tact is the unsaid part of what you think.     

Henry Van Dyke

Tact is the unsaid part of what you think; it's opposite, the unthought part of which you say.     

Henry Van Dyke