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 :: 1783-1859, American Author

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The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
~ Washington Irving - [Sorrow]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [Soul]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [Tears]

 

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A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
~ Washington Irving - [Temper]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [War]

 

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Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
~ Washington Irving - [Purpose]

 

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There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.
~ Washington Irving - [Jealousy]

 

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A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
~ Washington Irving - [Kindness]

 

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Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
~ Washington Irving - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [Libraries]

 

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Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
~ Washington Irving - [Love]

 

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Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
~ Washington Irving - [Marriage]

 

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Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
~ Washington Irving - [Mind]

 

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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 - [Obesity]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [Genius]

 

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The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
~ Washington Irving - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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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 - [Humor]

 

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Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.
~ Washington Irving - [Husbands]

 

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There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
~ Washington Irving - [Dignity]

 

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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.
~ Washington Irving - [Acting and Actors]

 

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