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Edith Wharton Quotes

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Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)

• Life is either always a tight-rope or a feather bed. Give me the tight-rope.

• It was harder to drown at sunrise than in darkness.

• She was not accustomed to taste the joys of solitude except in company.

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

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

• There is no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.

• 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.

• Most wrong-doing works, on the whole, less mischief than its useless confession.

• The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.

• She had no tolerance for scenes which were not of her own making. [The House of Mirth]

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

• Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

• Time, when it is left to itself and no definite demands are made on it, cannot be trusted to move at any recognized pace. Usually it loiters; but just when one has come to count upon its slowness, it may suddenly break into a wild irrational gallup.

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

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