henry james Quotes

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
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— Henry James
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
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— Henry James
The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy... what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be?
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— Henry James
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
— Henry James
I intend to judge things for myself; to judge wrongly, I think, is more honorable than not to judge at all.
— Henry James
Until you try, you don't know what you can't do.
— Henry James
I would give all I possess to get out of myself; but somehow, at the end, I find myself so vastly more interesting than nine tenths of the people I meet.
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— Henry James
She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.
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— Henry James
To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live.
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— Henry James
The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.
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— Henry James
And remember this, that if you've been hated, you've also been loved.
— Henry James
You must save what you can of your life; you musn't lose it all simply because you've lost a part.
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— Henry James
One doesn't defend one's god: one's god is in himself a defense.
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— Henry James
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.
— Henry James
Never say you know the last word about any human heart.
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— Henry James
Young men of this class never do anything for themselves that they can get other people to do for them, and it is the infatuation, the devotion, the superstition of others that keeps them going. These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women.
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— Henry James
Excellence does not require perfection.
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— Henry James
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
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— Henry James
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
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— Henry James
It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
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— Henry James
I'm yours for ever-for ever and ever. Here I stand; I'm as firm as a rock. If you'll only trust me, how little you'll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.
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— Henry James
We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have.
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— Henry James
It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life exept play games
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— Henry James
True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
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— Henry James
Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.
— Henry James
Don't pass it by-the immediate, the real, the only, the yours.
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— Henry James
If one is strong, one loves the more strongly.
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— Henry James
I ought to tell you I'm probably your cousin.
— Henry James
Writing is not primarily escape, but use.
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— Henry James
Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.
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— Henry James
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
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— Henry James
I have performed the necessary butchery. Here is the bleeding corpse.
— Henry James
Of course what he most intensely dreams of is being taken out on walks, and the more you are able to indulge him the more will he adore you and the more all the latent beauty of his nature will come out.
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— Henry James
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
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— Henry James
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
— Henry James
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
— Henry James
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
tags: existence novel
— Henry James
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
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— Henry James
In art economy is always beauty.
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— Henry James
Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.
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— Henry James
henry james
Birth    : April 15, 1843
Death  : February 28, 1916
Occupation  : Writer