Washington Irving

Quotations

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 Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rural Funerals'

They who drink beer will think beer.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Stratford-on-Avon'

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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A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

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Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.

Tales of a Traveler, To the Reader (1824)

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 one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.

Tales of a Traveler (1824)

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.

'The Creole Village' published in 'The Knickerbocker' magazine (November 1836)

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.

"The Adventure Of The German Student"

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.

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rip Van Winkle'

That happy age when a man can be idle with impunity.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rip Van Winkle'