Quotes and more from Edith Wharton ( 1862-1937 )
" If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time. "E. W.
" 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. "The Age of Innocence
" One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are. "E. W.
" What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty as a ' decent ' fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal ? "The Age of Innocence
" It's rather clever of her to have made a specialty of devoting herself to dull people-the field is such a large one, and she has it practically to herself. " The House of Mirth
" Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any. "The House of Mirth
" They are all alike you know. They hold their tongues for years and you think you are safe, but when the opportunity comes they remember everything. "E. W.
" ...In the summer New York was the only place in which one could escape from New Yorkers..."E. W.
" They belong to that vast group of human automata who go through life without neglecting to perform a single one of the gestures executed by the surrounding puppets. "The House of Mirth