Zitate Henry Van Dyke

„Raise the stone, and thou shalt find me; cleave the wood and there am I.“

—  Henry Van Dyke

The Toiling of Felix, Pt. I, prelude (1900)

„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. The more we think of it, the more attractive and desirable it becomes. To do some work that is needed, and to do it thoroughly well; to make our toil count for something in adding to the sum total of what is actually profitable for humanity; to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before, or, better still, to make one wholesome idea take root in a mind that was bare and fallow; to make our example count for something on the side of honesty and cheerfulness, and courage, and good faith, and love - this is an aim for life which is very wide, and yet very definite, as clear as light. It is not in the least vague. It is only free; it has the power to embody itself in a thousand forms without changing its character. Those who seek it know what it means, however it may be expressed. It is real and genuine and satisfying. There is nothing beyond it, because there can be no higher practical result of effort. It is the translation, through many languages, of the true, divine purpose of all the work and labor that is done beneath the sun, into one final, universal word. It is the active consciousness of personal harmony with the will of God who worketh hitherto.“

—  Henry Van Dyke

Quelle: Ships and Havens https://archive.org/stream/shipshavens00vand#page/28/mode/2up/search/more+we+think+of+it (1897), p.27

„The simple life which blandly ignores all care and conflict, soon becomes flabby and invertebrate, sentimental and gelatinous.“

—  Henry Van Dyke

The Battle of Life
Joy and Power http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10395/10395-h/10395-h.htm (1903)

„For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.“

—  Henry Van Dyke

Little Rivers
Little Rivers http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext98/ltrvs10.txt (1895)

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