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Edith Wharton Quote: “He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It is less mortifying to believe one’s self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “They are all alike you know. They hold their tongues for years and you think you’re safe, but when the opportunity comes they remember everything.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Archer reddened to the temples but dared not move or speak: it was as if her words had been some rare butterfly that the least motion might drive off on startled wings, but that might gather a flock if it were left undisturbed.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “He had known the love that is fed on caresses and feeds them; but this passion that was closer than his bones was not to be superficially satisfied.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She wondered if, when human souls try to get too near each other, they do not inevitably become mere blurs to each other’s vision.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She threw back her head with a laugh that made her chins ripple like little waves.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She was like some rare flower grown for exhibition, a flower from which every bud had been nipped except the crowning blossom of her beauty.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Poetry and art are the breath of life to her.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “My idea of success,” he said, “is personal freedom.” “Freedom? Freedom from worries?” “From everything – from money, from poverty, from ease and anxiety, from all the material accidents. To keep a kind of republic of the spirit – that’s what I call success.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The true felicity of a lover of books is the luxurious turning of page by page, the surrender, not meanly abject, but deliberate and cautious, with your wits about you, as you deliver yourself into the keeping of the book. This I call reading.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Life’s just a perpetual piecing together of broken bits.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Everything about her was warm and soft and scented; even the stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Mothers and daughters are part of each other’s consciousness, in different degrees and in a different way, but still with the mutual sense of something which has always been there. A real mother is just a habit of thought to her children.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The moment my eyes fell on him, I was content.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I’m afraid I’m an incorrigible life-lover, life-wonderer, and adventurer.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “He had her in his arms, her face like a wet flower at his lips, and all their vain terrors shriveling up like ghosts at sunrise.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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 Quote: “The only thing to do is to hug one’s friends tight and do one’s job.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Do you know-I hardly remembered you? Hardly remembered me? I mean: how shall I explain? I-it’s always so. Each time you happen to me all over again.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I was just a screw or cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Little as she was addicted to solitude, there had come to be moments when it seemed a welcome escape from the empty noises of her life.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “To be able to look life in the face: that’s worth living in a garret for, isn’t it?”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Overhead hung a summer sky furrowed with the rush of rockets; and from the east a late moon, pushing up beyond the lofty bend of the coast, sent across the bay a shaft of brightness which paled to ashes in the red glitter of the illuminated boats.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “My last page is always latent in my first; but the intervening windings of the way become clear only as I write.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm in form as well as in sound, is one of the most inveterate of human instincts.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “There’s no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The real alchemy consists in being able to turn gold back again into something else; and that’s the secret that most of your friends have lost.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Our blindest impulses become evidence of perspicacity when they fall in with the course of events.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Archer had always been inclined to think that chance and circumstance played a small part in shaping people’s lots compared with their innate tendency to have things happen to them.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She seemed to melt against him in her terror, and he caught her in his arms, held her fast there, felt her lashes beat his cheek like netted butterflies.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him; and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Staunch and faithful lovers that they are, they give back a hundred fold every sign of love that one ever gives them.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “What Lily craved was the darkness made by enfolding arms, the silence which is not solitude, but compassion holding its breath.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I wonder why rich people always grow fat I suppose it’s because there’s nothing to worry them.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I had the sense that the deeper meaning of the story was in the gaps.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “As the pain that can be told is but half a pain, so the pity that questions has little healing in its touch.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Is there nowhere in an American house where one may be by one’s self?”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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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