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 father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all. Washington Irving
Great minds have purposes others have wishes. Washington Irving
The almighty dollar, the great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages. Washington Irving
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
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
Surely happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven and every countenance, bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the rays of a supreme and ever shining benevolence. Washington Irving
A mother's love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother still loves on, and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy. Washington Irving
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. 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 messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love. Washington Irving
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. 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
There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. Washington Irving
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. Washington Irving
It is, indeed, the season of regenerated feeling, the season for kindling, not merely the fire of hospitality in the hall, but the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving