Washington Irving

United States writer remembered for his stories (1783-1859)

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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.
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 life is a history of the affections.
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, little minds have wishes.
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way throughout a thousand obstacles.
Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
The great British Library --an immense collection of volumes of all ages and languages, many of which are now forgotten, and most of which are seldom read: one of these sequestered pools of obsolete literature to which modern authors repair, and draw buckets full of classic lore, or pure English, undefiled wherewith to swell their own scanty rills of thought.
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 instrument that gets sharper with use.
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift ones position, and be bruised in a new place.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.

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