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Washington Irving Quotes

(1783-1859), American Author

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part.

Category: Acting And Actors

There is in every 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.

Category: Adversity

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

Category: Adversity

A woman's life is a history of the affections.

Category: Affection

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

Category: Age And Aging

They who drink beer will think beer.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

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

Category: Anger

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.

Category: Bereavement

There is a 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.

Category: Change

The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.

Category: Communication

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.

Category: Dignity

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.

Category: Genius

The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

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.

Category: Humor

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

Category: Husbands