Edith Wharton Quotes

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

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

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.

Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.

My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.

Her child was like a load that held her down, and yet like a hand that pulled her to her feet.

They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.

How much longer are we going to think it is necessary to be ‘American’ before or in contradistinction to being cultivated, being humane and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilised countries? It is really too easy, a disguise for our short-comings, to dress them up as a form of patriotism.

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