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Edith Wharton Quotes

Edith Wharton Quote: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Happiness is a work of art. Handle with care.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “How I hate everything!”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Each time you happen to me all over again.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Everything may be labelled- but everybody is not.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Life is made up of compromises.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Life is the saddest thing there is, next to death.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It was harder to drown at sunrise than in darkness.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Some things are best mended by a break.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn’t any.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?”
Edith Wharton Quote: “In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “If proportion is the good breeding of architecture, symmetry, or the answering of one part to another, may be defined as the sanity of decoration.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “When a man says he doesn’t understand a woman it’s because he won’t take the trouble.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?”
Edith Wharton Quote: “We ought to be opening a bottle of wine!”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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 Quote: “He knelt by the bed and bent over her, draining their last moment to its lees; and in the silence there passed between them the word which made all clear.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “You thought I was a lovelorn mistress and I was really just an expensive prostitute.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I can’t love you unless I give you up.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “And you’ll sit beside me, and we’ll look, not at visions, but at realities.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I shan’t be lonely now. I was lonely; I was afraid. But the emptiness and the darkness are gone; when I turn back into myself now I’m like a child going at night into a room where there’s always a light.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “In a sky of iron the points of the Dipper hung like icicles and Orion flashed his cold fires.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The early mist had vanished and the fields lay like a silver shield under the sun. It was one of the days when the glitter of winter shines through a pale haze of spring.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “We live in our own souls as in an unmapped region, a few acres of which we have cleared for our habitation; while of the nature of those nearest us we know but the boundaries that march with ours.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you’re sick and when you’re lonesome.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “To know when to be generous and when firm – that is wisdom.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I have drunk of the wine of life at last, I have known the thing best worth knowing, I have been warmed through and through, never to grow quite cold again till the end.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. I loved light ever, light in eye and brain No tapers mirrored in long palace floors, Nor dedicated depths of silent aisles, But just the common dusty wind-blown day That roofs earth’s millions.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She gave so many reasons that I’ve forgotten them all.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It was too late for happiness – but not too late to be helped by the thought of what I had missed. That is all I haved lived on – don’t take it from me now.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Society soon grows used to any state of things which is imposed upon it without explanation.”
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