110+ Washington Irving Quotes (Folkloric, Humorous And Satirical)
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- Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
- Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.
- Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
- A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
- A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
- Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.
- There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.
- There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
- A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
- Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving Image Quotes
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. — Washington Irving
Washington Irving Short Quotes
- The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
- A mother is the truest friend we have.
- There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
- They who drink beer will think beer.
- A father may turn his back on his child, … . but a mother's love endures through all.
- There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.
- I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
- The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced.
- Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
- Jealous people poison their own banquet and then eat it
Washington Irving Famous Quotes And Sayings
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. — Washington Irving
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. — Washington Irving
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust? — Washington Irving
The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes - it never tires - it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute. In the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on. — Washington Irving
There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that trancends all other affections of the heart — Washington Irving
There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. — Washington Irving
A mother is the truest friend we have when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity. — Washington Irving
It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tendered kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet. — Washington Irving
Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. — Washington Irving
Man passes away; his name perishes from record and recollection; his history is as a tale that is told, and his very monument becomes a ruin. — Washington Irving
My father died and left me his blessing and his business. His blessing brought no money into my pocket, and as to his business, it soon deserted me, for I was busy writing poetry, and could not attend to law, and my clients, though they had great respect for my talents, had no faith in a poetical attorney. — Washington Irving
I have never found, in anything outside of the four walls of my study, an enjoyment equal to sitting at my writing desk with a clean page, a new theme, and a mind awake. — Washington Irving
He who wins a thousand common hearts is entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette is indeed a hero. — Washington Irving
The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. — Washington Irving
He who would study nature in its wildness and variety, must plunge into the forest, must explore the glen, must stem the torrent, and dare the precipice. — Washington Irving
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow. — Washington Irving
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. — Washington Irving
The literary world is made up of little confederacies, each looking upon its own members as the lights of the universe; and considering all others as mere transient meteors, doomed to soon fall and be forgotten, while its own luminaries are to shine steadily into immortality. — Washington Irving
Every antique farm-house and moss-grown cottage is a picture. — Washington Irving
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble. — Washington Irving
A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. — Washington Irving
Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface — Washington Irving
It is the divine attribute of the imagination, that it is irrepressible, unconfinable; that when the real world is shut out, it can create a world for itself, and with a necromantic power can conjure up glorious shapes and forms, and brilliant visions to make solitude populous, and irradiate the gloom of a dungeon. — Washington Irving
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle. — Washington Irving
The moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside; the boding cry of the tree-toad, that harbinger of storm; the dreary hooting of the screechowl. — Washington Irving
Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use. — Washington Irving
It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man. — Washington Irving
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse. — Washington Irving
The Englishman is too apt to neglect the present good in preparing against the possible evil. — Washington Irving
Surely happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven; and every countenance, bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the rays of a supreme and ever-shining benevolence. — Washington Irving
Christmas is here, Merry old Christmas, Gift-bearing Christmas, Day of grand memories, King of the year! — Washington Irving
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. — Washington Irving
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind. — Washington Irving
The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation. — Washington Irving
The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem. — Washington Irving
There is a sacredness in tears — Washington Irving
The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible. — Washington Irving
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude. — Washington Irving
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal -- every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open -- this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude. — Washington Irving
By a kind of fashionable discipline, the eye is taught to brighten, the lip to smile, and the whole countenance to emanate with the semblance of friendly welcome, while the bosom is unwarmed by a single spark of genuine kindness and good-will. — Washington Irving
For what is history, but... huge libel on human nature, to which we industriously add page after page, volume after volume, as if we were holding up a monument to the honor, rather than the infamy of our species. — Washington Irving
Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs? No - no, your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears. — Washington Irving
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business. — Washington Irving
Redundancy of language is never found with deep reflection. Verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking. He who thinks much says but little in proportion to his thoughts. — Washington Irving
Wit, after all, is a mighty tart, pungent ingredient, and much too acid for some stomachs; but honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting. — Washington Irving
Into the space of one little hour sins enough may be conjured up by evil tongues to blast the fame of a whole life of virtue. — Washington Irving
Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds a ray of brightness over everything; it is the sweetener of toil and the soother of disquietude! — Washington Irving
After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without. — Washington Irving
It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end. — Washington Irving
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. — Washington Irving
It's a fair wind that blew men to ale. — Washington Irving
Over no nation does the press hold a more absolute control than over the people of America, for the universal education of the poorest classes makes every individual a reader. — Washington Irving
Some minds corrode and grow inactive under the loss of personal liberty; others grow morbid and irritable; but it is the nature of the poet to become tender and imaginitive in the loneliness of confinement. He banquets upon the honey of his own thoughts, and, like the captive bird, pours forth his soul in melody. — Washington Irving
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages. — Washington Irving
No man is so methodical as a complete idler, and none so scrupulous in measuring out his time as he whose time is worth nothing. — Washington Irving
There is a majestic grandeur in tranquillity. — Washington Irving
I have often had occasion to remark the fortitude with which women sustain the most overwhelming reverses of fortunes. — Washington Irving
History is but a kind of Newgate calendar, a register of the crimes and miseries that man has inflicted on his fellow-man. — Washington Irving
With every exertion, the best of men can do but a moderate amount of good; but it seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief. — Washington Irving
Critics are a kind of freebooters in the republic of letters--who, like deer, goats and divers other graminivorous animals, gain subsistence by gorging upon buds and leaves of the young shrubs of the forest, thereby robbing them of their verdure, and retarding their progress to maturity. — Washington Irving
The very difference of character in marriage produces a harmonious combination. — Washington Irving
The oil and wine of merry meeting. — Washington Irving
Men are always doomed to be duped, not so much by the arts of the other as by their own imagination. They are always wooing goddesses, and marrying mere mortals. — Washington Irving
There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature. — Washington Irving
There are moments of mingled sorrow and tenderness, which hallow the caresses of affection. — Washington Irving
No man knows what the wife of his bosom is until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world. — Washington Irving
There is an emanation from the heart in genuine hospitality which cannot be described, but is immediately felt and puts the stranger at once at his ease. — Washington Irving
I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. — Washington Irving
To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace. — Washington Irving
Villainy wears many masks; none so dangerous as the mask of virtue. — Washington Irving
There is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn even from the charms of the living. — Washington Irving
And if unhappy in her love, her heart is like some fortress that has been captured, and sacked, and abandoned, and left desolate. — Washington Irving
Small minds are subdued by misfortunes, greater minds overcome them. — Washington Irving
Nothing can be more touching than to behold a soft and tender female, who had been all weakness and dependence, and alive to every trivial roughness while treading the prosperous paths of life, suddenly rising in mental force to be the comforter and supporter of her husband under misfortune, and abiding with unshrinking firmness the bitterest blast of adversity. — Washington Irving
The youthful freshness of a blameless heart. — Washington Irving
Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home. — Washington Irving
A woman's life is a history of the affections. — Washington Irving
Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature. — Washington Irving
If I can, by a lucky chance, in these uneasy days, rub out one wrinkle from the brow of care, or beguile the heavy heart of one moment of sadness; if I can, how and then, prompt a happier view of human nature, and make my reader more in good humor with his fellow-beings and himself, surely, I shall not have written in vain. — Washington Irving
To occupy an inch of dusty shelf-to have the title of their works read now and then in a future age by some drowsy churchman or casual straggler, and in another age to be lost, even to remembrance. Such is the amount of boasted immortality. — Washington Irving
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love. — Washington Irving
When friends grow cold, and the converse of intimates languishes into vapid civility and commonplace, these only continue the unaltered countenance of happier days, and cheer us with that true friendship which never deceived hope, nor deserted sorrow. — Washington Irving
Poetry had breathed over and sanctified the land. — Washington Irving
I could not but smile to think in what out-of-the-way corners genius produces her bantlings! And the Muses, those capricious dames, who, forsooth, so often refuse to visit palaces, and deny a single smile to votaries in splendid studies, and gilded drawing-rooms--what holes and burrows will they frequent to lavish their favors on some ragged disciple! — Washington Irving
It is almost startling to hear this warning of departed time sounding among the tombs, and telling the lapse of the hour, which, like a billow, has rolled us onward towards the grave. — Washington Irving
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place. — Washington Irving
The paternal hearth, the rallying-place of the affections. — Washington Irving
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster. — Washington Irving
He that drinks beer, thinks beer. — Washington Irving
I sometimes think one of the great blessings we shall enjoy in heaven, will be to receive letters by every post and never be obliged to reply to them. — Washington Irving
Sometimes he spent hours together in the great libraries of Paris, those catacombs of departed authors, rummaging among their hoards of dusty and obsolete works in quest of food for his unhealthy appetite. He was, in a manner, a literary ghoul, feeding in the charnel-house of decayed literature. — Washington Irving
Life Lessons by Washington Irving
- Washington Irving taught us to never give up on our dreams, no matter how difficult the journey may be. He persevered despite the obstacles he faced and eventually achieved success as one of the most beloved authors of his time.
- He also showed us the importance of being humble and grateful for the opportunities we have been given. He was a generous man who was always willing to help those in need.
- Lastly, Irving taught us the power of storytelling and the importance of using our imagination to create something beautiful. He showed us that through our words, we can bring joy and inspiration to others.
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