Edith Wharton's Quotes
Biography of 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.Tags: Against, Alive, Necessary
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.Tags: Daily, Destiny, Lives
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.Tags: Inspirational, Light, Mirror
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.Tags: After, Others, Rather
I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.Tags: Care, Life, Someone
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.Tags: Happens, Story, Time
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.Tags: Experience, Life, Wisdom
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.Tags: Ask, Half, Time
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.Tags: Deep, Enough, Good
Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.Tags: Another, Art, Done
He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.Tags: Memories, Once, Regrets
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.Tags: Enough, Good, Political
Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.Tags: Easy, Her, Less
Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.Tags: Age, Death, Freedom
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.Tags: American, Landscape, Mind
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The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.Tags: Duty, Else, Worst
To be able to look life in the face: that's worth living in a garret for, isn't it?Tags: Able, Life, Living