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Inspirational Quotes by Washington Irving

Collection of famous quotes by writer Washington Irving.

Washington Irving was an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. 

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Best Quotes by Washington Irving

Age is a matter of feeling not of years.

— Washington Irving

A tart temper never mellows with age and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

— Washington Irving

Temper never mellows with age and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

— Washington Irving

After all it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence though deficient in personal charms than I have been by the most regular beauty.

— Washington Irving

Young lawyers attend the courts not because they have business there but because they have no business.

— Washington Irving

There is certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often 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

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun it falls tenderly yet sadly on the heart.

— 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

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above them.

— Washington Irving

A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections.

— Washington Irving

Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad who are under the discipline of shrews at home.

— Washington Irving

Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You’re never as good as you’d like to be. So there’s always something to hope for.

— Washington Irving

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.

— Washington Irving

He is the true enchanter whose spell operates not upon the senses but upon the imagination and the heart.

— Washington Irving

After all it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence though deficient in personal charms than I have been by the most regular beauty.

— Washington Irving

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

— Washington Irving

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

— Washington Irving

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

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

— Washington Irving

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.

— Washington Irving

Marriage is the torment of one the felicity of two the strife and enmity of three.

— 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

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

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

— Washington Irving

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.

— 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

Kindness in women not their beauteous looks shall win my love.

— Washington Irving

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall the genial flame of charity in the heart.

— Washington Irving

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