Washington Irving was a 19th century American short-story writer, famous as ‘the first American Man of Letters’. Apart from short stories, he also wrote essays, biographies and was a well-known diplomat. He gained international fame from his short stories ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. He was one of the first writers from America who were praised in Europe. As a child he was not much interested in studies and used to bunk classes to fulfill his love for adventure stories and drama. At the age of 19, helped by his elder brother, he started writing essays for the ‘Morning Chronicle’. He went on to write biographies of famous people and the most notable one was that of George Washington which was completed a few months before his death. Go through these quotes by the ‘first literary star’ of America. Read on the compilation of quotations and thoughts by Washington Irving which have been scanned from his essays, writings, books, novels, stories, biographies and work.
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
I have often wondered at the extreme fecundity of the press, and how it comes to pass that so many heads on which nature seemed to have inflicted the curse of barrenness should teem with voluminous productions.
It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.
Connecticut, a State which supplies the Union with pioneers for the mind as well as for the forest,
Thus it happens that your true dull minds are generally preferred for public employ, and especially promoted to city honors; your keen intellects, like razors, being considered too sharp for common service. I