Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
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I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
Temper never mellows with age and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Age is a matter of feeling not of years.
There is in every woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
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.
Some minds seem almost to create themselves springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
The easiest thing to do whenever you fail is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.
Young lawyers attend the courts not because they have business there but because they have no business.
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
Marriage is the torment of one the felicity of two the strife and enmity of three.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection, and will in turn be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
A tart temper never mellows with age and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.