Washington Irving

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) 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 book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch B... More

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Washington Irving #Age

Photo of Washington Irving Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
Washington Irving #Age

Photo of 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 #Age

Photo of Washington Irving Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Washington Irving #Society

Photo of Washington Irving 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.
Washington Irving #Business

Photo of Washington Irving Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
Washington Irving #History

Photo of Washington Irving A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
Washington Irving #Home

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

Photo of 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 #Jealousy

Photo of Washington Irving There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.
Washington Irving #Learning

Photo of Washington Irving One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.
Washington Irving #Love

Photo of Washington Irving Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving #Sympathy

Photo of Washington Irving The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
Washington Irving #Women

Photo of Washington Irving Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
Washington Irving #Christmas

Photo of 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 #Beauty #Intelligence

Photo of 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 #Change

Photo of 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 #Friendship

Photo of 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 #Good #Nature

Photo of 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 #Great

Photo of Washington Irving Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving #Humor

Photo of 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 #Imagination

Photo of Washington Irving He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.
Washington Irving #Love

Photo of 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

Photo of Washington Irving Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
Washington Irving #Smile

Photo of Washington Irving A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Washington Irving #Love #Power

Photo of 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.