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Henry James (1843 – 1916)


Brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James, was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Henry James
The real offence, as she ultimately perceived, was her having a mind of her own at all. Her mind was to be his attached to his own like a small garden-plot to a deer-park.
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There are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
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It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe.




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...I had the view of a castle of romance inhabited by a rosy sprite, such a place as would somehow, for diversion of the young idea, take all colour out of storybooks and fairy tales. Wasn't it just a storybook over which I had fallen a-doze and a-dream? No; it was a big, ugly, antique, but convenient house, embodying a few features of a building still older, half replaced and half utilised, in which I had the fancy of our being almost as lost as a handful of passengers in a great drifting ship. Well, I was, strangely, at the helm!
James Henry
However incumbent it may be on most of us to do our duty, there is, in spite of a thousand narrow dogmatisms, nothing in the world that anyone is under the least obligation to like not even (one braces one's self to risk the declaration) a particular kind of writing.
Henry James quotes
Print it as it stands beautifully.
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.
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He would agree that life is a little worth living or worth living a little; but would remark that, unfortunately, to live little enough, we have to live a great deal.
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She had an unequalled gift, especially pen in hand, of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.
James Henry
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?... What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that...The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.... Live!
Henry James
The fatal futility of Fact.




Henry James quotes
Summer afternoon summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
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My choice is the old world my choice, my need, my life.
James Henry
The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.
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Everything about Florence seems to be coloured with a mild violet, like diluted wine.
Henry James
The place, with its gray sky and withered garlands, its bared spaces and scattered dead leaves, was like a theater after the performance all strewn with crumpled playbills.
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He had picked up his hat, which he had brought in, and stood twirling it in a way that gave me, even as I was just nearly reaching port, a perverse horror of what I was doing. To do it in ANY way was an act of violence, for what did it consist of but the obtrusion of the idea of grossness and guilt on a small helpless creature who had been for me a revelation of the possibilities of beautiful intercourse? Wasn't it base to create for a being so exquisite a mere alien awkwardness? I suppose I now read into our situation a clearness it couldn't have had at the time, for I seem to see our poor eyes already lighted with some spark of a prevision of the anguish that was to come.
Henry James
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
James Henry
No themes are so human as those that reflect for us, out of the confusion of life, the close connection of bliss and bale, of the things that help with the things that hurt, so dangling before us forever that bright hard medal, of so strange an alloy, one face of which is somebody's right and ease and the other somebody's pain and wrong.


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