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Washington Irving

Datum narození: 3. duben 1783
Datum úmrtí: 28. listopad 1859

Washington Irving byl americký romantický spisovatel, humorista, autor povídek, historických studií a životopisů. Byl rovněž americkým velvyslancem ve Španělsku. Díky filmovým zpracováním jsou dnes známé jeho povídky Legend of Sleepy Hollow a Rip Van Winkle, obě ze sbírky Kniha skic. Dále jsou stále uváděny jeho příběhy a pohádky ze Španělska .

Citáty Washington Irving

„Nebojím se smrti, ale chtěl bych jít dolů se všemi plachtami.“

—  Washington Irving

Originál: (en) I do not fear death, but I would like to go down with all sail set.
Zdroj: [Jones, Brian Jay, 2013, Washington Irving: The Definitive Biography of America's First Bestselling Author, 9781611453546]

„There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature.“

—  Washington Irving, kniha The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

"The Mutabilities of Literature".
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819–1820)
Kontext: There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature. They are like gigantic trees that we sometimes see on the banks of a stream; which, by their vast and deep roots, penetrating through the mere surface, and laying hold on the very foundations of the earth, preserve the soil around them from being swept away by the ever-flowing current, and hold up many a neighboring plant, and perhaps worthless weed, to perpetuity.

„Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature.“

—  Washington Irving, kniha The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

"The Mutabilities of Literature".
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819–1820)
Kontext: Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature. Formerly there were some restraints on this excessive multiplication. Works had to be transcribed by hand, which was a slow and laborious operation; they were written either on parchment, which was expensive, so that one work was often erased to make way for another; or on papyrus, which was fragile and extremely perishable. Authorship was a limited and unprofitable craft, pursued chiefly by monks in the leisure and solitude of their cloisters. The accumulation of manuscripts was slow and costly, and confined almost entirely to monasteries. To these circumstances it may, in some measure, be owing that we have not been inundated by the intellect of antiquity; that the fountains of thought have not been broken up, and modern genius drowned in the deluge. But the inventions of paper and the press have put an end to all these restraints. They have made everyone a writer, and enabled every mind to pour itself into print, and diffuse itself over the whole intellectual world. The consequences are alarming. The stream of literature has swollen into a torrent — augmented into a river — expanded into a sea.

„I endeavor to take things as they come with cheerfulness, and when I cannot get a dinner to suit my taste, I endeavor to get a taste to suit my dinner.“

—  Washington Irving

Letter to William Irving, Jr., about his positive attitude acquired while traveling in Europe.
Zdroj: Washington Irving to William Irving Jr., September 20, 1804, Works 23:90.

„The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty.“

—  Washington Irving

The Creole Village published in The Knickerbocker magazine (November 1836). This is origin of the expression almighty dollar. See Edward Bulwer-Lytton for "the pursuit of the almighty dollar". Compare: "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, And almost every vice,—almighty gold", Ben Jonson, Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland.

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

—  Washington Irving

Tales of a Traveler http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13514, To the Reader http://books.google.com/books?id=6R0GAAAAQAAJ&q=%22I+am+always+at+a+loss+to+know+how+much+to+believe+of+my+own+stories%22&pg=PR13#v=onepage (1824).

„Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.“

—  Washington Irving, kniha The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

"Rip Van Winkle".
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819–1820)

„Free-livers on a small scale, who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea.“

—  Washington Irving

The Stout Gentleman http://web.archive.org/20020106095151/www.geocities.com/cyber_explorer99/.

„His [the author's] renown has been purchased, not by deeds of violence and blood, but by the diligent dispensation of pleasure.“

—  Washington Irving, kniha The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

"The Westminster Abbey [The Poets' Corner]".
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819–1820)

„They who drink beer will think beer.“

—  Washington Irving, kniha The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

"Stratford-on-Avon".
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819–1820)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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