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Henry Van Dyke

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

Henry van Dyke (10 November 185210 April 1933) was an American author, educator, and clergyman.


Raise the stone, and thou shalt find me; cleave the wood and there am I.
For those who love,
Time is Eternity.
  • Raise the stone, and thou shalt find me; cleave the wood and there am I.
    • The Toiling of Felix, Pt. I, prelude (1900)
  • The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride:
    The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside.
    • For the Friends at Hurstmont. The Door
  • Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
    • The Prison and the Angel
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Time Is
  • Death comes in its own time, in its own way.
    Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it.

Little Rivers (1895)Edit

  • I'm only wishing to go a-fishing;
    For this the month of May was made.
    • Prelude
  • For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.
    • Little Rivers
  • The mountain is voiceless and imperturbable; and its very loftiness and serenity sometimes make us the more lonely.
    • Little Rivers
  • The promotion from all-day picnics to a two weeks' camping-trip is like going from school to college.
    • A Leaf of Spearmint, III
  • Every mountain is, rightly considered, an invitation to climb.
    • Ampersand

The Ruling Passion (1901)Edit

  • Romantic love interests almost everybody, because almost everybody knows something about it, or would like to know.
    • Preface
  • How often a man has cause to return thanks for the enthusiasms of his friends! They are the little fountains that run down from the hills to refresh the mental desert of the despondent.
    • The White Blot

Joy and Power (1903)Edit

  • Christ never asks us to give up merely for the sake of giving up, but always in order to win something better.
    • Joy and Power
  • The simple life which blandly ignores all care and conflict, soon becomes flabby and invertebrate, sentimental and gelatinous.
    • The Battle of Life
  • No amount of energy will take the place of thought.
    • The Good Old Way


  • 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 and to work and to play and to look up at the stars
  • Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
    • The following information is from the following site: , the fourth entry, which gives the citation as (( Henry van Dyke quoted in "Handicapped Individuals Services and Training Act: hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, second session, on HR 6820 ... hearing held in St. Paul, Minn., and Loretto, Minn. on September 2, 1982. "-. 223 Page, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Select Education - USGPO, 1982 - 257 pages ))

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