Henry Van Dyke Quotes

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

I read within a poet’s book A word that starred the page, Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage.” Yes, that is true, and something more: You’ll find, where’er you roam, That marble floors and gilded walls Can never make a home. But every house where love abides And friendship […]

‘Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down, Among the famous palaces and cities of renown, To admire the crumbly castles and the statues and kings, But now I think I’ve had enough of antiquated things. So it’s home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home […]

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

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

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.

Oh, London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair; And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome; But when it comes to living there is no place like home… Oh, it’s home again, and home again, America […]

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

I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled. I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled; But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!… Oh, it’s home again, and home again, America for me! I want a […]