Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van
Dyke
1852
1933

American Presbyterian Minister, Author, Expert on Fly Fishing

Author Quotes

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.

We create our fortune, for so the universe was wrought. Thought is another name for fate; choose they your destiny and wait, for love brings love, and hate brings hate.

I shall grow old, but never lose life’s zest, because the road’s last turn will be the best.

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

Never believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know that it is true. Never tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary and that God is listening while you tell it.

Four things a man must learn to do if he would make his record true; to think without confusion clearly; to love his fellow-men sincerely; to act from honest motives purely; to trust in God and Heaven securely.

Let me but live from year to year, with forward face and unreluctant soul; not hurrying to, nor turning from, the goal; not mourning for the things that disappear in the dim past, nor holding back in fear from what the future veils; but with a whole and happy heart, that pays its toll to Youth and Age, and travels with cheer. So let the way wind up the hill or down o’er rough and smooth, the journey will be joy: still seeking what I sought when but a boy, new friendship, high adventure, and a crown, my heart will keep the courage of the quest, and hope the road’s last turn will be the best.

We cannot have happiness until we forget to seek it.

There is no conflict between the Old and the New; the conflict is between the False and the True.

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

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.

How hard it is to confess that we have spoken without thinking, that we have talked nonsense. How many a man says a thing in haste and heat, without fully understanding or half meaning it, and then, because he has said it, holds fast to it, and tries to defend it as if it were true! But how much wiser, how much more admirable and attractive it is when a man has the grace to perceive and acknowledge his mistakes! It gives us assurance that he is capable of learning, of growing, of improving, so that his future will be better than his past.

Stop complaining about the management of the universe. Look around for a place to slow a few seeds of happiness.

There are two good rules which ought to be written upon every heart. Never believe anything bad about anybody, unless you positively know that it is true. Never tell even that, unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening while you tell it.

Remember, 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.

Author Picture
First Name
Henry Van
Last Name
Dyke
Birth Date
1852
Death Date
1933
Bio

American Presbyterian Minister, Author, Expert on Fly Fishing