"Use what talent you possess. The world would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
- Henry van Dyke
Henry van Dyke (1852 - 1933) was an American author, educator and clergyman. An opponent of America's annexation of the Philippines, as was proposed in 1898, he declared in that year: “If we enter the course of foreign conquest, the day is not far distant when we must spend in annual preparation for wars more than the $180,000,000 that we now spend every year in the education of our children for peace.”