Washington Irving

Washington Irving
Washington Irving
  • Born: April 3, 1783
  • Died: November 28, 1859
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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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" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Islamic prophet Muhammad, and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th century Spain that deal with subjects such as Alhambra, Christopher Columbus, and the Moors.

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A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy. History
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. Human Nature
The Almighty Dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages. Money, Coins & Minting
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty. Development & Growth ;Capitalism
The American fur companies keep no established posts beyond the mountains. Everything there is regulated by resident partners; that is to say, partners who reside in the tramontane country, but who move about from place to place, either with Indian tribes, whose traffic they wish to monopolize, or with main bodies of their own men, whom they employ in trading and trapping. In the meantime, they detach bands, or “brigades” as they are termed, of trappers in various directions, assigning to each a portion of country as a hunting or trapping ground. In the months of June and July, when there is an interval between the hunting seasons, a general rendezvous is held, at some designated place in the mountains, where the affairs of the past year are settled by the resident partners, and the plans for the following year arranged. To this rendezvous repair the various brigades of trappers from their widely separated hunting grounds, bringing in the products of their year's campaign. Hither also repair the Indian tribes accustomed to traffic their peltries with the company. Bands of free trappers resort hither also, to sell the furs they have collected; or to engage their services for the next hunting season. Business, Commerce & Finance
There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
They who drink beer will think beer. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Until nations are generous they will never be wise; true policy is generous policy. All bitterness, selfishness, etc., may gain small ends, but lose great ones. Policy & Policy Making
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Life ;History
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. Hope
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.
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. Nature
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. Humor
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
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.
I've had it with you and your emotional constipation!
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women ;Relationships
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Relationships
Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three. Families, Children & Parenting
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is to little.
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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.
Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. Friendship
Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
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.
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind. Sympathy
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. War & Peace
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.
The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
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 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.
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.
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.
There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.
Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.
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. Society
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business. Business, Commerce & Finance

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