Quotes by Washington Irving

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
A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
– Washington Irving
Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.
– Washington Irving
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
– Washington Irving
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
– Washington Irving
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
– Washington Irving
It embarrasses me to think of all those years I was buying silk suits and alligator shoes that were hurting my feet; cars that I just parked, and the dust would just build up on them.
– Washington Irving
It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end.
– Washington Irving
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
– Washington Irving
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
– Washington Irving
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
– Washington Irving
Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
– Washington Irving
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is to little.
– Washington Irving
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.
– Washington Irving
Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do, if it were my last of life.
– Washington Irving
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
– Washington Irving
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
The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.
– Washington Irving
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
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
– Washington Irving