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All Quotes by author - 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. "
" 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. "
" After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without; and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence, though deficient in personal charms, than I have been by the most regular beauty. "
" Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. "
" A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. "
" An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. "
" A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use. "
" A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use. "
" A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. "
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" Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. "
" Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. "
" He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart. "
" Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant. "
" I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories. "
" Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. "
" 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. "
" I've had it with you and your emotional constipation! "
" Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love. "
" Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. "
" Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. "
" Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three. "
" Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. "
" One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more. "
" 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. "
" Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. "
" Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. "
" Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use. "
" The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes. "
" The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow. "
" The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible. "
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