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Half of the secular unrest and dismal,
by 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

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

Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
- Henry Van Dyke

 

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

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
- Henry Van Dyke

It is with rivers as it is with people:
the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.
- Henry Van Dyke

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Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.
- 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

Happiness is inward, and not outward;
and so,
it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
- Henry Van Dyke

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence,
then a recognition of interdependence.
- Henry Van Dyke

A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
- Henry Van Dyke

What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
- 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

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

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
- Henry Van Dyke

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love,
to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
- Henry Van Dyke

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
- Henry Van Dyke

Love is the best thing in the world,
and the thing that lives the longest.
- Henry Van Dyke

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
- Henry Van Dyke

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
- Henry Van Dyke

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
- Henry Van Dyke

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.
- 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

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.
- 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.
- Henry Van Dyke

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

How you respond to the challenge in the second half
will determine what you become after the game,
whether you are a winner or a loser.
- Lou Holtz

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is half of victory.
- Yiddish Proverb

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal.
As spirits they belong to the eternal world,
but as animals they inhabit time.
- C. S. Lewis

I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead.
- Jewel

The marvelous richness of human experience
would lose something of rewarding joy
if there were no limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful
if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- Helen Keller

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

Life is half spent before we know what it is.
- George Herbert

About half my designs are controlled fantasy,
15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
- Manolo Blahnik

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
- Yogi Berra

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars,
would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
- Bette Davis

Shrinking away from death
is something unhealthy and abnormal -
which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
- Carl Jung

Get well cards have become so humorous that if you
don't get sick you're missing half the fun.
- Flip Wilson

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Times like these, dark times,
they do funny things to people.
They can tear them apart.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Barf: I'm a mog: half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend!
- the movie Spaceballs (1987)

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

Knowledge is only one half.
Faith is the other.
- Novalis

A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible
as an argument than a whole one.
It carries better.
- Stephen Leacock

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
- Winston Churchill

I live in my own place -
have never copied anyone even half,
and at any master who lacks the grace -
to laugh at himself - I laugh.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.
They are consumed in twelve minutes.
Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not coincidence.
- Erma Bombeck

A lie can travel half way around the world while the
truth is putting on its shoes.
- Charles Spurgeon

Crazy is walking down the street
with half a cantaloupe on your head,
muttering; "I'm a hamster, I'm a hamster."
- the movie Spy Hard (1996)

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day,
he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.
But if he spends his days as a speculator,
shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time,
he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
- Henry David Thoreau

Half the people you know are below average.
- Anonymous

Think of how stupid the average person is,
and realize half of them are stupider than that.
- George Carlin


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