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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton, c. 1889
Born Edith Newbold Jones
(1862-01-24)January 24, 1862
New York
Died August 11, 1937(1937-08-11) (aged 75)
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, designer
Spouse Edward Wharton (1885–1913)

Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
Edith Wharton
The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.
Edith Wharton
He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.
Edith Wharton
Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
Edith Wharton
Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
To be able to look life in the face: that's worth living in a garret for, isn't it?
Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton
The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
Edith Wharton
Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
Edith Wharton
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton
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.
Edith Wharton
My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.
Edith Wharton
I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.
Edith Wharton
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton
What's the use of making mysteries? It only makes people want to nose 'em out.
Edith Wharton
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.
Edith Wharton
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.
Edith Wharton
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.
A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
There are moments when a man's imagination, so easily subdued to what it lives in, suddenly rises above its daily level and surveys the long windings of destiny.
Edith Wharton
Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
Edith Wharton