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date: 15 August 2022

Edith Wharton 1862–1937
American novelist 

  1. 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.
    The Age of Innocence (1920) bk. 1, ch. 1
  2. Cleanliness and comfort are two of the costliest items in a modest budget.
    The Age of Innocence (1920) ch. 14
  3. If he paid for each day's comfort with the small change of his illusions, he grew daily to value the comfort more and set less store upon the coin.
    The Descent of Man (1904)
  4. There's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there's no reason why you shouldn't have a fairly good time.
    often quoted as ‘If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time’
    The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories (1908) ‘The Last Asset’
  5. The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.
    The House of Mirth (1905)
  6. Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
    The Writing of Fiction (1925)
  7. Mrs Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.
    Xingu and Other Stories (1916)
  8. My little old dog:
    A heart-beat
    At my feet.
    ‘Lyrical Epigrams’