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Washington Irving
American writer

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For what is history, but... huge libel on human nature, to which we industriously add page after page, volume after volume, as if it were holding up a monument to the honor, rather than the infamy of our species.
-- A History of New York (1809)

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
-- To the Reader," Tales of a Traveler (1824)

A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
-- "Rip Van Winkle," The Sketch Book (1819-20)

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
-- "The Broken Heart," The Sketch Book (1819-20)

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.
-- Washington Irving

The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.
-- The Creole Village," Wolfert's Roost (1855)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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