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WASHINGTON IRVING
American short story writer and essayist
(1783 - 1859)
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The moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside; the boding cry of the tree-toad, that harbinger of storm; the dreary hooting of the screechowl.
      - [Whippoorwills]

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

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.
      - [War]

The oil and wine of merry meeting.
      - [Humor]

The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation.
      - [Authorship]

The paternal hearth, the rallying-place of the affections.
      - [Home]

The scholar only knows how dear these silent yet eloquent companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours become in the season of adversity.
      - [Books]

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.
      - [Sorrow]

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated, except by those whose feelings are withered by vitiated society. Holy, simple, and beautiful in its construction, it is the emblem of all we can imagine of fidelity and truth.
      - [Mothers]

The very difference of character in marriage produces a harmonious combination.
      - [Wedlock]

The youthful freshness of a blameless heart.
      - [Youth]

There are moments of mingled sorrow and tenderness, which hallow the caresses of affection.
      - [Affection]

There is a certain artificial polish, a commonplace vivacity acquired by perpetually mingling in the beau monde; which, in the commerce of world, supplies the place of natural suavity and good-humour, but is purchased at the expense of all original and sterling traits of character.
      - [Address]

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

There is a majestic grandeur in tranquillity.
      - [Tranquility]

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
      - [Sorrow]

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.
      - [Tears]

There is a voice from the tomb sweeter than song. There is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn even from the charms of the living. Oh, the grave!--the grave!--It buries every error--covers every defect--extinguishes every resentment! From its peaceful bosom spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections.
      - [Graves : Memory]

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.
      - [Hospitality]

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hours of adversity.
      - [Women]

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

There is something nobly simple and pure in a taste for the cultivation of forest trees. It argues, I think, a sweet and generous nature to have his strong relish for the beauties of vegetation, and this friendship for the hardy and glorious sons of the forest. He who plants a tree looks forward to future ages, and plants for posterity. Nothing could be less selfish than this.
      - [Arbor Day]

'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.
      - [Christmas]

Too young for woe, though not for tears.
      - [Youth]

Washington, in fact, had very little private life, but was eminently a public character.
      - [Washington, George]


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