Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton


Author Profession: Fiction Influences Henry James, Jane Austen
Born: January 24, 1862
Died: August 11, 1937
Birth Sign: Aquarius


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

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

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

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

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

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

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive. Gwyneth Paltrow

Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing. But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop. Roshon Fegan

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