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Quotes of the Day for 3 April 2002 – Washington Irving

Washington Irving was born at New York City on this day in 1783. Here are a few thoughts from the creator of Rip Van Winkle and the legend of the headless horseman.

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The quotes:

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.

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.

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
     - All from Washington Irving, 1783 - 1859

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