Edith Wharton Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Edith Wharton quotes, Edith Wharton sayings, and Edith Wharton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors? Edith Wharton
People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before. Edith Wharton
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
They seemed to suddenly come upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in a winter wood. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision Edith Wharton
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
It was harder to drown at sunrise than in darkness. Edith Wharton
A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue. Edith Wharton
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
Traditions that have lost their meaning are the hardest of all to destroy. Edith Wharton
One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are. Edith Wharton
The only thing to do is to hug one's friends tight and do one's job. Edith Wharton
The real alchemy consists in being able to turn gold back again into something else; and that's the secret that most of your friends have lost. Edith Wharton
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
One of the first obligations of art is to make all useful things beautiful. Edith Wharton
Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins. Edith Wharton
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing. Edith Wharton
No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity. Edith Wharton
To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines. Edith Wharton
No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity. Edith Wharton