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