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Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

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.

Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

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

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

A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.

Edith Wharton

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

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

Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

Life is either always a tight-rope or a featherbed. Give me a tight-rope.

Edith Wharton

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

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

Edith Wharton

After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton

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.

Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

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?

Edith Wharton

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.

Edith Wharton

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

The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.

Edith Wharton

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

Edith Wharton

In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton

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

Edith Wharton

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

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.

Edith Wharton
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