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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.”
“[Attributed primarily to her, but also to Truman Capote and Babe Paley:] One can never be too thin or too rich.”
“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, U.S. socialite
(1896 - 1986)
Full name: Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.