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    I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
    — Henry James
    tags: people 
     
    What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
    — 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?
    — Henry James
    tags: talent  success  worth 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: people 
     
    She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.
    — Henry James
    tags: curiosity 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: live  forever  right 
     
    The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.
    — Henry James
    tags: men  world 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: lost 
     
    One doesn't defend one's god: one's god is in himself a defense.
    — Henry James
    tags: god 
     
    Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.
    — Henry James
    Never say you know the last word about any human heart.
    — Henry James
    tags: heart  human 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: men  people  women  young 
     
    Excellence does not require perfection.
    — Henry James
    Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
    — Henry James
    tags: mind 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: human 
     
    It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
    — Henry James
    tags: time  living 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: trust 
     
    We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have.
    — Henry James
    tags: work  dark 
     
    It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life exept play games
    — Henry James
    tags: wonder  games 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: happiness  true 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: real 
     
    If one is strong, one loves the more strongly.
    — Henry James
    tags: strong 
     
    I ought to tell you I'm probably your cousin.
    — Henry James
    Writing is not primarily escape, but use.
    — Henry James
    tags: writing 
     
    Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.
    — Henry James
    tags: american 
     
    It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
    — Henry James
    tags: literature 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: beauty  nature  dreams 
     
    Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
    — Henry James
    tags: money 
     
    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.
    — Henry James
    tags: existence  novel 
     
    The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
    — Henry James
    tags: novel 
     
    In art economy is always beauty.
    — Henry James
    tags: beauty 
     
    Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.
    — Henry James
    tags: reading 
     
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    henry james
    Birth    : April 15, 1843
    Death  : February 28, 1916
    Occupation  : Writer