This inspirational quote is from Henry van Dyke’s book Little Rivers: A Book of Essays in Profitable Idleness. The quote is found in the story, A Handful of Heather. Here is the passage the quote was taken from:
“Courage is a virtue that the young cannot spare; to lose it is to grow old before the time; it is better to make a thousand mistakes and suffer a thousand reverses than to run away from the battle.
Resignation is the courage of old age; it will grow in its own season; and it is a good day when it comes to us. Then there are more disappointments; for we have learned that it is even better to desire the things that we have than to have the things that we desire.
And is not the best of all our hopes – the hope of immortality – always before us? How can we be dull or heavy while we have that new experience to look forward to? It will be the most joyful of all our travels and adventures. It will bring us our best acquaintances and friendships.