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.


Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.      

Washington Irving

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.     

Washington Irving

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.     

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 is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.     

Washington Irving

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.     

Washington Irving

The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.     

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 an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of 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 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. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

They who drink beer will think beer.     

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

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 the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

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.     

Washington Irving

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.     

Washington Irving

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.     

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 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.     

Washington Irving

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.     

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 the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.     

Washington Irving

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.     

Washington Irving

True love will not brook reserve; it feels undervalued and outraged, when even the sorrows of those it loves are concealed from it.     

Washington Irving

They who drink beer will think beer.     

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. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.     

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