Washington Irving Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Washington Irving quotes, Washington Irving sayings, and Washington Irving proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. Washington Irving
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble. Washington Irving
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. Washington Irving
Too young for woe, though not for tears. Washington Irving
He is indeed the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart. Washington Irving
The slanders of the pen pierce to the heart; they rankle longest in the noblest spirits; they dwell ever present in the mind and render it morbidly sensitive to the most trifling collision. Washington Irving
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 messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love. Washington Irving
It is not poverty so much as pretence, that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse. Washington Irving
There is 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
His renown has been purchased, not by deeds of violence and blood, but by the diligent dispensation of pleasure. Washington Irving
A mother is the truest friend we have. Washington Irving
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. Washington Irving
The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use. Washington Irving
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
A mother is the truest friend we have. 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
A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use. Washington Irving
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. Washington Irving
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. Washington Irving
There is a majestic grandeur in tranquillity. Washington Irving
A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use. Washington Irving
I sometimes think one of the great blessings we shall enjoy in heaven, will be to receive letters by every post and never be obliged to reply to 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
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. Washington Irving
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
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
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow ray of a departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. Washington Irving
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. Washington Irving
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
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. Washington Irving