Edith Wharton quote about temptation from The Age of Innocence - The very good people didn't convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted.
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The very good people didn't convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted.
 Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (1920). copy citation

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Author Edith Wharton
Source The Age of Innocence
Topic temptation
Date 1920
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/541/541-h/541-h.htm

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“And I was so happy at being among my own people that every one I met seemed kind and good, and glad to see me. But from the very beginning," she continued, "I felt there was no one as kind as you; no one who gave me reasons that I understood for doing what at first seemed so hard and—unnecessary. The very good people didn't convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted. But you knew; you understood; you had felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands—and yet you hated the things it asks of one; you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference.” source

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