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"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."

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Edith WhartonThe House of Mirth
It is so easy for a woman to become what the man she loves believes her to be!

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Edith WhartonThe House of Mirth
"Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?"

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Edith WhartonThe House of Mirth
It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.

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Edith WhartonThe Age of Innocence
"It seems stupid to have discovered America only to make it into a copy of another country."

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Edith WhartonThe Age of Innocence
Everything may be labelled—but everybody is not.

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Edith WhartonThe Age of Innocence
In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.

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Edith WhartonThe Age of Innocence
"Ah, good conversation—there's nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing."

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Edith WhartonThe Age of Innocence
Beautiful women, whose beauty meant more than it said . . . was their brilliancy always fed by something coarse and concealed? Was that their secret?

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Willa CatherA Lost Lady
Her husband had archaic ideas about jewels; a man bought them for his wife in acknowledgment of things he could not gracefully utter.

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Willa CatherA Lost Lady

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