Quotes by Alice James

Alice James

American diarist

Alive from: 1848-1892

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    How sick one gets of being ''good,'' how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours; embody selfishness.
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    I make it a rule always to believe compliments implicitly for five minutes, and to simmer gently for twenty more.
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    I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
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    I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool that I am.
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    It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At. moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.
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    Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.
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    The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?
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    The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.
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    Though I have no productive worth, I have a certain value as an indestructible quantity.
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    What a sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading some book which everyone else is reading.
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    You must remember that a woman, by nature, needs much less to feed upon than a man, a few emotions and she is satisfied.
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