Washington Irving Quotes
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.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
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.
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.
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
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.
Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.
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.
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
I've had it with you and your emotional constipation!
Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.
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.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
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April 3, 1783
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