Henry James

American author

Lived from: 1843-1916

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Henry James

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    Deep experience is never peaceful.
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    A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
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    Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
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    Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
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    Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
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    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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    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.
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    He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.
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    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.
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    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.
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    I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
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    I think patriotism is like charity - it begins at home.
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    Ideas are, in truth, force.
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    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.
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    In art economy is always beauty.
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