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WASHINGTON IRVING
American short story writer and essayist
(1783 - 1859)
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How truly are we the dupes of show and circumstances!
      - [Circumstance]

How we delight to build our recollections upon some basis of reality,--a place, a country, a local habitation! how the events of life, as we look back upon them, have grown into the well-remembered background of the places where they fell upon us! Here is some sunny garden or summer lane, beautified and canonized forever, with the flood of a great joy; and here are dim and silent places,--rooms always shadowed and dark to us, whatever they may be to others,--where distress or death came once, and since then dwells forevermore.
      - [Association]

I have often had occasion to remark the fortitude with which women sustain the most overwhelming reverses of fortunes.
      - [Endurance]

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.
      - [Courtship]

I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.
      - [Home]

It buries every error, covers every defect, extinguishes every resentment.
      - [Tombs]

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
      - [Perseverance]

It is the divine attribute of the imagination, that it is irrepressible, unconfinable; that when the real world is shut out, it can create a world for itself, and with a necromantic power can conjure up glorious shapes and forms, and brilliant visions to make solitude populous, and irradiate the gloom of a dungeon.
      - [Imagination]

It lightens the stroke to draw near to Him who handles the rod.
      - [Prayer]

It was Shakespeare's notion that on this day birds begin to couple; hence probably arose the custom of sending fancy love-billets.
      - [Valentine's Day]

It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.
      - [Home]

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
      - [Misfortune]

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

Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assuduities of art, with which it would rear dulness to maturity, and to glory in the vigor and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some may be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their sterile birthplace all the beauties of vegetation.
      - [Genius]

Nothing can be more touching than to behold a soft and tender female, who had been all weakness and dependence, and alive to every trivial roughness while treading the prosperous paths of life, suddenly rising in mental force to be the comforter and supporter of her husband under misfortune, and abiding with unshrinking firmness the bitterest blast of adversity.
      - [Wives]

O woman! thou knowest the hour when the goodman of the house will return, when the heat and burden of the day are past; do not let him at such time, when he is weary with toil and jaded with discouragement, find upon his coming to his habitation that the foot which should hasten to meet him is wandering at a distance, that the soft hand which should wipe the sweat from his brow is knocking at the door of other houses.
      - [Wives]

Over no nation does the press hold a more absolute control than over the people of America, for the universal education of the poorest classes makes every individual a reader.
      - [Newspapers]

Poetry is evidently a contagious complaint.
      - [Poetry]

Redundancy of language is never found with deep reflection. Verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking. He who thinks much says but little in proportion to his thoughts.
      - [Style]

Rising genius always shoots forth its rays from among clouds and vapors, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady and meridian lustre.
      - [Genius]

Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface.
      - [Society]

Sweet is the memory of distant friends!
  Like the mellow rays of the departing sun,
    It falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.
      - [Friends]

That inexhaustible good-nature which is the most precious gift of Heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
      - [Good Nature]

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.
      - [Literature]

The man who talks everlastingly and promiscuously, who seems to have an exhaustless magazine of sound, crowds so many words into his thoughts that he always obscures, and very frequently conceals them.
      - [Talking]


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