Henry James

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Henry James

Henry James

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We work in the dark, We do what we can, We give what we have, Our doubt is our passion, And our passion is our task, The rest is the madness of art.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am blackly bored when they are at large and at work; but somehow I am still more blackly bored when they are shut up in Holloway and we are deprived of them.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it --this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Deep experience is never peaceful.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Experience was to be taken as showing that one might get a five-pound note as one got a light for a cigarette; but one had to check the friendly impulse to ask for it in the same way.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.More Henry James [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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