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Quotes of the day: Elizabeth Wharton

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 12:05 AM EST
Jan 24 2014

Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones; January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in literature, for her twelfth novel, The Age of Innocence. In addition to writing several respected novels, Wharton produced a wealth of short stories and is particularly well regarded for her ghost stories. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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.

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

Every house is a mad house at some time or another.

Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any.

I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

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.

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

In every heart there should be one grief that is like a well in the desert.

In our individual loves, though the years are sad, the days have a way of being jubilant.

In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.

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

My little dog- a heartbeat at my feet.

Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. You might as well say that the only way not to think about air is to have enough to breathe.

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.

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

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

There's no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow.

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.

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

What a shame it is for a nation to be developing without a sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

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.

Who's 'they'? Why don't you all get together and be 'they' yourselves?

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