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Henry James Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Henry James

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Deep experience is never peaceful.
- Henry James

Related topics: Experience

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
- Henry James

It's a complex fate, being an American,
and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting
against a superstitious valuation of Europe.
- Henry James

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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

Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice
there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
- Henry James

What is character but the determination of incident?
What is incident but the illustration of character?
- Henry James


 

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the
hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
- Henry James

If I were to live my life over again,
I would be an American.
I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.
- Henry James

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
- Henry James

Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
- Henry James

An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue.
- Henry James

In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
- Henry James

However British you may be, I am more British still.
- 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.
- Henry James

I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
- Henry James

Life is a predicament which precedes death.
- Henry James

The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.
- Henry James

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
- Henry James

We work n 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.
- Henry James

In art economy is always beauty.
- Henry James

A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners.
For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
- Henry James

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions
of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
- Henry James

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth -
I only regret,
in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.
- 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

To kill a human being is, after all,
the least injury you can do him.
- Henry James

Ideas are, in truth, force.
- Henry James

I've always been interested in people,
but I've never liked them.
- Henry James

The superiority of one man's opinion over another's
is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.
- Henry James

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that
it does attempt to represent life.
- Henry James

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate,
to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine
a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
- Henry James

Live all you can; it's a mistake not to.
It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular,
so long as you have your life.
If you haven't had that what have you had?
- Henry James

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else.
Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
- Henry James

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have
always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
- 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.
- 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.
- Henry James

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 of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me
one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there.
You can let your conscience alone if you're nice to the second housemaid.
- Henry James

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

The WAY is Not The Way for You,
Unless You Come With an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Stand Tall, Breathe Deep, Be Unstoppable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin


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