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Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Villainy wears many masks; none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that trancends all other affections of the heart.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”
Washington Irving Quote: “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Jealous people poison their own banquet and then eat it.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There is an emanation from the heart in genuine hospitality which cannot be described, but is immediately felt and puts the stranger at once at his ease.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds a ray of brightness over everything; it is the sweetener of toil and the soother of disquietude!”
Washington Irving Quote: “They who drink beer will think beer.”
Washington Irving Quote: “A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “It’s a fair wind that blew men to ale.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.”
Washington Irving Quote: “The Indians with surprise found the mouldering trees of their forests suddenly teeming with ambrosial sweet; and nothing, I am told, can exceed the greedy relish with which they banquet for the first time upon this unbought luxury of the wilderness.”
Washington Irving Quote: “The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Surely happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature.”
Washington Irving Quote: “He who would greatly deserve must greatly dare.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed.”
Washington Irving Quote: “If ever I should wish for a retreat whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life, I know of none more promising than this little valley.”
Washington Irving Quote: “A mother is the truest friend we have when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity.”
Washington Irving Quote: “Christmas is here, Merry old Christmas, Gift-bearing Christmas, Day of grand memories, King of the year!”
Washington Irving Quote: “I have often had occasion to remark the fortitude with which women sustain the most overwhelming reverses of fortunes.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”
Washington Irving Quote: “I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There was one species of despotism under which he had long groaned, and that was petticoat government.”
Washington Irving Quote: “A mother is the truest friend we have...”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.”
Washington Irving Quote: “There is a majestic grandeur in tranquillity.”
Washington Irving Quote: “True love will not brook reserve; it feels undervalued and outraged, when even the sorrows of those it loves are concealed from it.”
Washington Irving Quote: “The youthful freshness of a blameless heart.”
Washington Irving Quote: “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 Quote: “A few amber clouds floated in the sky without a breath of air to move them. The horizon was of a fine golden tint, changing gradually into a pure apple-green, and from that into the deep blue of the mid-heaven.”
Washington Irving Quote: “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”
Washington Irving Quote: “No man knows what the wife of his bosom is until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world.”
Washington Irving Quote: “The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.”
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