Edith Wharton Quotes


40 Edith Wharton quotes:



"Though he turned the pages with the sensuous joy of the book-lover, he did not know what he was reading, and one book after another dropped from his hand. Suddenly, among them, he lit on a small volume of verse which he had ordered because the name had attracted him: "The House of Life." He took it up, and found himself plunged in an atmosphere unlike any he had ever breathed in books; so warm, so rich, and yet so ineffebly tender, that it gave a new and haunting beauty to the most elementary of human passions."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: Joy Quotes
"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time."
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
"The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it."
"In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Tears Quotes
"Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins."
"I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast."
"It would presently be his task to take the bandage from this young woman's eyes, and bid her look forth on the world. But how many generations of the women who had gone to her making had descended bandaged to the family vault? He shivered a little, remembering some of the new ideas in his scientific books, and the much-cited instance of the Kentucky cave-fish, which had ceased to develop eyes because they had no use for them."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: Eyes Quotes
"They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods"
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime."
"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."
"A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: Rules Quotes
"To be able to look life in the face: that's worth living in a garret for, isn't it?"
"When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say."
"A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue."
"If we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time."
"The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing."
"Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."
"Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one."
Author: Wharton Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Misfortune Quotes



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