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Wallis Warfield Simpson

  • A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.

    • Wallis Warfield Simpson,
    • in Rebecca Maddox, Inc. Your Dreams ()
  • [Attributed primarily to her, but also to Truman Capote and Babe Paley:] One can never be too thin or too rich.

    • Wallis Warfield Simpson
  • There is a peacefulness, an air of reflection, about a rocking-chair that attaches to no other moving object ...

  • ... I was a long time learning that wisdom and experience are things apart; that to taste life is not to be confused with understanding what life is really all about.

  • A marriage, even one that goes awry, generates claims and needs that persist like an afterglow long after the emotional fire is burned out.

  • The real essence of any marriage that has struggled, however unsuccessfully, towards happiness, lies in the growth of a wordless understanding that what is acceptable to one partner will be acceptable to the other.

  • There can be no summary and dramatic end to a marriage — only a slow and painful unravelling of a tangled skein of threads too stubborn to be broken.

  • Fortunately for the human race, pain, however piercing, is not a lasting emotion. The recollection of happiness lingers, but the consciousness never retains for long the first thrust of tragic loss. The details of daily life crowd in upon the mind.

  • There can be nothing more baffling in a human relationship than silence, the dark loom of doubts and questions unexpressed.

  • [On the Duke of Windsor:] I married him for better or worse, but not for lunch.

    • Wallis Warfield Simpson
  • [To Edward VIII at the height of the abdication crisis]: You must understand, darling, that you can’t abdicate and eat it.

    • Wallis Warfield Simpson,
    • 1936, attributed, in John Julius Norwich, Trying To Please ()

Wallis Warfield Simpson, U.S. socialite

(1896 - 1986)

Full name: Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.