68 Total Quotes

Edith Wharton Quotes

Edith Wharton
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton
#American Author

Edith Wharton
There is too much sour grapes for my taste in the present American attitude. The time to denounce the bankers was when we were all feeding off their gold plate; not now! At present they have not only my sympathy but my preference. They are the last representatives of our native industries.
Edith Wharton
#Attitude #Bankers And Banking

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
#Patriotic

Edith Wharton
A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Divorce

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
#American Author

Edith Wharton
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Originality

Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Discipline

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
#Life

Edith Wharton
If we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton
#American Author

Edith Wharton
Silence may be as variously shaded as speech
Edith Wharton
#Silence

Edith Wharton
The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Money

Edith Wharton
His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him; and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen.
Edith Wharton
#Future

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
#Books: Classics #Rules

Edith Wharton
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
Edith Wharton
#Destiny

Edith Wharton
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods
Edith Wharton
#Happiness

Edith Wharton
He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime
Edith Wharton
#Memories

Edith Wharton
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Ideas

Edith Wharton
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Experience

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
#American Author #Habit

Edith Wharton
The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.
Edith Wharton
#American Author #Duty