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    An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
    — Edith Wharton
    It was easy enough to despise the world, but decidedly difficult to find any other habitable region.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: world 
     
    Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: men  women  emotion  mental  process 
     
    The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: humor  people  key  true  irony  real  mind  marriage 
     
    She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.
    — Edith Wharton
    I swear I only want to hear about you, to know what you've been doing. It's a hundred years since we've met-it may be another hundred before we meet again.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: year 
     
    Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: women  genius 
     
    In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
    — Edith Wharton
    Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: help  loving 
     
    In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: reality  world  thoughts  real 
     
    She had no tolerance for scenes which were not of her own making.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: tolerance 
     
    There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: people  friends  meaning  self  soul 
     
    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
    tags: men  care 
     
    We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: people  novel 
     
    The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!
    — Edith Wharton
    If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: time 
     
    Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
    — Edith Wharton
    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.
    — Edith Wharton
    In the summer New York was the only place in which one could escape from New Yorkers...
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: summer 
     
    Who's 'they'? Why don't you all get together and be 'they' yourselves?
    — Edith Wharton
    In every heart there should be one grief that is like a well in the desert.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: heart  grief 
     
    It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: eyes  gone 
     
    There is someone I must say goodbye to. Oh, not you - we are sure to see each other again - but the Lily Bart you knew. I have kept her with me all this time, but now we are going to part, and I have brought her back to you - I am going to leave her here. When I go out presently she will not go with me. I shall like to think that she has stayed with you.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: time  goodbye 
     
    I shan't be lonely now. I was lonely; I was afraid. But the emptiness and the darkness are gone; when I turn back into myself now I'm like a child going at night into a room where there's always a light.
    — Edith Wharton
    He knelt by the bed and bent over her, draining their last moment to its lees; and in the silence there passed between them the word which made all clear.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: silence  moment 
     
    With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
    — Edith Wharton
    Women ought to be free- as free as we are,' he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences.
    — Edith Wharton
    It is so easy for a woman to become what the man she loves believes her to be
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: men  women  believe 
     
    There was once a little girl who was so very intelligent that her parents feared that she would die. But an aged aunt, who had crossed the Atlantic in a sailing-vessel, said, 'My dears, let her marry the first man she falls in love with, and she will make such a fool of herself that it will probably save her life.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: men  girls  die  parent  marry  fools 
     
    I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you're sick and when you're lonesome.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: care 
     
    I was just a screw or cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: machine 
     
    Everything may be labelled- but everybody is not.
    — Edith Wharton
    They are all alike you know. They hold their tongues for years and you think you're safe, but when the opportunity comes they remember everything.
    — Edith Wharton
    Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any.
    — Edith Wharton
    And you'll sit beside me, and we'll look, not at visions, but at realities.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: reality  vision 
     
    But after a moment a sense of waste and ruin overcame him. There they were, close together and safe and shut in; yet so chained to their separate destinies that they might as well been half the world apart.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: world  moment 
     
    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
    tags: rules  author  definition 
     
    I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: time  people  stories 
     
    He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: memory  regret 
     
    What's the use of making mysteries? It only makes people want to nose 'em out.
    — Edith Wharton
    tags: people 
     
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    edith wharton
    Birth    : January 24, 1862
    Death  : August 11, 1937
    Occupation  : Novelist