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Edith Wharton Quote: “There’s nothing grimmer than the tragedy that wears a comic mask.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “In our hurried world too little value is attached to the part of the connoisseur and dilettante.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “But after a moment a sense of waste and ruin overcame him. There they were, close together and safe and shut in; yet so chained to their separate destinies that they might as well been half the world apart.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Ah, the poverty, the miserable poverty, of any love that lies outside of marriage, of any love that is not a living together, a sharing of all!”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Ethan looked at her with loathing. She was no longer the listless creature who had lived at his side in a state of sullen self-absorption, but a mysterious alien presence, an evil energy secreted from the long years of silent brooding.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The essence of taste is suitability. Divest the word of its prim and priggish implications, and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the eye and mind for symmetry, harmony and order.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The short story, free from the longuers of the novel is also exempt from the novel’s conclusiveness – too often forced and false: it may thus more nearly than the novel approach aesthetic and moral truth.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Most timidities have such secret compensations and Miss Bart was discerning enough to know that the inner vanity is generally in proportion to the outer self depreciation.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I’ve always shrunk from usurping the functions of Providence, and when I have to exercise them I decidedly prefer that it shouldn’t be on an errand of destruction.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It seems stupid to have discovered America only to make it into a copy of another country.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Yes, one gets over things. But there are certain memories one can’t bit on.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Only the fact that we are unaware how well our nearest know us enables us to live with them.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It’s you who are telling me; opening my eyes to things I’d looked at so long that I’d ceased to see them.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “One cares so little for the style in which one’s praises are written.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She was very near hating him now; yet the sound of his voice, the way the light fell on his thin, dark hair, the way he sat and moved and wore his clothes – she was conscious that even these trivial things were inwoven with her deepest life.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “She wanted, passionately and persistently, two things which she believed should subsist together in any well-ordered life: amusement and respectability.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Everybody who does anything at all does too much.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Lily sank with a sigh into one of the shabby leather chairs. “How delicious to have a place like this all to one’s self! What a miserable thing it is to be a woman.” She leaned back in a luxury of discontent.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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 Quote: “We can’t behave like people in novels, though, can we?”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It is almost as stupid to let your clothes betray that you know you are ugly as to have them proclaim that you think you are beautiful.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “They belonged to that vast group of human automata who go through life without neglecting to perform a single one of the gestures executed by the surrounding puppets.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Once more it was borne in on him that marriage was not the safe anchorage he had been taught to think, but an uncharted voyage on the seas.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The visible world is a daily miracle, for those who have eyes and ears.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Women ought to be free – as free as we are,′ he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I’m not much interested in travelling scholarships for women – or in fact in scholarships, tout court! – they’d much better stay at home and mind the baby. Still less am I interested in scholarships for female Yids...”
Edith Wharton Quote: “What is truth? Where a woman is concerned, it’s the story that’s easiest to believe.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Their long years together had shown him that it did not so much matter if marriage was a dull duty, as long as it kept the dignity of duty: lapsing from that, it became a mere battle of ugly appetites.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed until we drop.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I’d almost say it’s the worries that make married folks sacred to each other...”
Edith Wharton Quote: “I swear I only want to hear about you, to know what you’ve been doing. It’s a hundred years since we’ve met-it may be another hundred before we meet again.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would have done.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Since the Americans have ceased to have dyspepsia, they have lost the only thing that gave them any expression.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “For what endless years this life will have to go on! He felt, with a kind of horror, his own strong youth and the bounding blood in his veins.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving towards the watcher on the shore.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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 Quote: “All the long misery of his baffled past, of his youth of failure, hardship and vain effort, rose up in his soul in bitterness and seemed to take shape before him in the woman who at every turn had barred his way.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It must be less wicked to love the wrong person than not to love anybody at all.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “What a shame it is for a nation to be developing without a sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “It is so easy for a woman to become what the man she loves believes her to be.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “The whole truth?” Miss Bart laughed. “What is the truth? Where a woman is concerned, it’s the story that’s easiest to believe. In this case it’s a great deal easier to believe Bertha Dorset’s story than mine, because she has a big house and an opera box, and it’s convenient to be on good terms with her.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “Every house is a mad-house at some time or another.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “An education is like a crumbling building that needs constant upkeep with repairs and additions.”
Edith Wharton Quote: “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 Quote: “You asked me just now for the truth – well, the truth about any girl is that once she’s talk about she’s done for; and the more she explains her case the worse it looks.”
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