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Edith Wharton
January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

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


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


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


Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.


Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.


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


What's the use of making mysteries? It only makes people want to nose 'em out.


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


The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.


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.


I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.


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.


My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.


Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.


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


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.


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


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


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


He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.


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