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Henry J. Van Dyke Quotes


American clergyman and author
(1822 - 1891)

A clean and sensitive conscience, a steadfast and scrupulous integrity in small things as well as great, is the most valuable of all possessions, to a nation as to an individual.
[Conscience]
 

After all, the Bible must be its own argument and defence. The power of it can never be proved unless it is felt. The authority of it can never be supported unless it is manifest. The light of it can never be demonstrated unless it shines.
 

Christianity requires two things from every man who believes in it: first, to acquire property by just and righteous means, and second, to look not only on his own things, but also on the things of others.
[Christianity]
 

No matter what theory of the origin of government you adopt, if you follow it out to its legitimate conclusions it will bring you face to face with the moral law.
[Government]
 

The task and triumph of Christianity is to make men and nations true and just and upright in all their dealings, and to bring all law, as well as all conduct, into subjection and conformity to the law of God.
[Christianity]
 

The task and triumph of religion is to make men and nations true and just and upright in all their dealings, and to bring all law as well as all conduct into sub­jection and conformity to the law of God.
[Religion]