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Quotations From WASHINGTON IRVING

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  • 1.
    Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. "Bachelors," Bracebridge Hall (1822).
  • 2.
    There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage- coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. Tales of a Traveler, preface (1824).

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  • 3.
    Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. "Rip Van Winkle," (1819-1820).

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    A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. "Rip Van Winkle," (1819-1820).
  • 5.
    They who drink beer will think beer.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. "Stratford-on-Avon," (1819-1820). This quotation has also been attributed to William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester (1698-1779).
  • 6.
    Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs?—No—no, 'tis your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. A History of New York, bk. 3, ch. 2 (1809). Written under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker.

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  • 7.
    The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion.
    Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. Wolfert's Roost, "The Creole Village," (1855).
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