25 Greatest Edith Wharton Quotes

25 Greatest Edith Wharton Quotes

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Edith Wharton was a writer and designer from New York in the late 1800′s. She won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Prize 3 years in a row, however she never won it. She was a social figure of her time as well, and was acquainted with people such as Theodore Roosevelt. She died in 1937 at the age of 75.

“A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.”

“After all, one knows one’s weak points so well, that it’s rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them & invent others that (one is fairly sure) don’t exist — or exist in a less

“An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer
understanding of English-speaking audiences.”

“Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.”

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”

“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.”

“I can’t love you unless I give you up.”

“I don’t know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.”

“I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.”

“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.”

“I was never allowed to read the popular American children’s books of my day because, as my mother said, the children spoke bad English without the author’s knowing it.”

“I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the
marriage tie.”

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual
curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

“In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.”

“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope. ”

“Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.”

“No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity.”

“Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.”

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”

“The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.”

“The worst of doing one’s duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.”

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

“To be able to look life in the face: that’s worth living in a garret for, isn’t it?”

“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”