Henry Van Dyke


Born
in Germantown, Pennsylvania, The United States
November 10, 1852

Died
April 10, 1933

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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) was an American Presbyterian clergyman, educator, and author. He graduated from Princeton in 1873, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1874. He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City (1883-99), professor of English literature at Princeton (1899-1923), and U.S. minister to the Netherlands (1913-16).

Among his popular inspirational writings is the Christmas story The Other Wise Man (1896). As President Wilson's ambassador to the Netherlands from 1913, Van Dyke was a first-hand witness to the outbreak of World War I and its progress, and was a key player in the President's diplomatic efforts to keep the U.S. out of the conflict.

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“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 not.”
Henry van Dyke, Music and Other Poems

“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

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and lonliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thougts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”
Henry Van Dyke

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December 2019 Short Story/Novella Poll

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, 48 pages, 1956
 
  123 votes, 38.8%

 
  62 votes, 19.6%

 
  39 votes, 12.3%

 
  36 votes, 11.4%

Shooting an Elephant Title Story by George Orwell, ? pages, 1936
 
  30 votes, 9.5%

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke, most editions have this at well under 100 pages, 1895
 
  27 votes, 8.5%

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