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How I understand that love of living, of being in this wonderful, astounding world even if one can look at it only through theprison bars of illness and suffering! Plus je vois, the more I am thrilled by the spectacle.
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The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!

— 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

It seems cruel," she said, "that after a while nothing matters ... any more than these little things that used to be necessary and important to forgotten people, and now have to be guessed at under a magnifying glass and labelled: 'Use unknown.'"
"Yes, but meanwhile -"
"Ah, meanwhile -

— Edith Wharton

It was thus, Archer reflected, that New York managed its transitions; conspiring to ignore them till they were well over, and then, in all good faith, imagining that they had taken place in a preceding age.

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Mr. Gryce was like a merchant whose warehouses are crammed with an unmarketable commodity.

— Edith Wharton

If the ability to read carries the average man no higher than the gossip of his neighbours, if he asks nothing more nourishing out of books and the theatre than he gets hanging about the store, the bar and the street-corner, then culture is bound to be dragged down to him instead of his being lifted up by culture.

— Edith Wharton

Traditions that have lost their meaning are the hardest of all to destroy.

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I was never allowed to read the popular American children's books of my day because, as my mother said, the children spoke bad English without the author's knowing it.

— Edith Wharton

Ah, the poverty, the miserable poverty, of any love that lies outside of marriage, of any love that is not a living together, a sharing of all!

— Edith Wharton

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