Washington Irving Quotes

Why should I know Washington Irving?

Washington Irving was an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. Irving is best known for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which was made into a film by Tim Burton.

Born April 03, 1783
Died November 28, 1859

Best 19 Quotes by Washington Irving

“A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.”

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“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”

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“After a man passes 60 , his mischief is mainly in his head.”

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“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”

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“He that drinks beer, thinks beer.”

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“He who would greatly deserve must greatly dare.”

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“I consider a story merely as a frame on which to stretch my materials.”

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“Jealous people poison their own banquet and then eat it.”

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“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”

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“No man knows what the wife of his bosom is until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world.”

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“One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.”

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“The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.”

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“The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes - it never tires - it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute. In the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.”

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

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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.”

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“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.”

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“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.”

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“Villainy wears many masks; none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”

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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Quotes

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

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow