24 January 1862 – 11 August 1937
There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), U.S. author. "A First Word," A Backward Glance (1934).
I am secretly afraid of animals.... I think it is because of the usness in their eyes, with the underlying not-usness which belies it, and is so tragic a reminder of the lost age when we human beings branched off and left them: left them to eternal inarticulateness and slavery. Why? their eyes seem to ask us.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), U.S. author; later relocated to France. Part 6. As quoted in Edith Wharton, by R.W.B. Lewis (1975). From a journal entry dated 1924.
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), U.S. author; relocated to France. As quoted in Edith Wharton, ch. 9, by R. W. B. Lewis (1985). In a letter written to her friend Sara Norton in the early 1900s.
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