Quotes by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

American Author

Alive from: 1862-1937

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    A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
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    After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
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    Almost everybody in the neighborhood had ''troubles,'' frankly localized and specified; but only the chosen had ''complications.'' To have them was in itself a distinction, though it was also, in most cases, a death warrant. People struggled on for years wit
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    Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
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    How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ''American'' before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
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    Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.
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    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
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    There is too much sour grapes for my taste in the present American attitude. The time to denounce the bankers was when we were all feeding off their gold plate; not now! At present they have not only my sympathy but my preference. They are the last representatives of our native industries.
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    There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
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    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.
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