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Henry James Quote: “His kiss was like white lightning, a flash that spread, and spread again, and stayed.”
Henry James Quote: “A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.”
Henry James Quote: “He was there or was not there: not there if I didn’t see him.”
Henry James Quote: “I was a screen – I was their protector. The more I saw, the less they would.”
Henry James Quote: “The “germ,” wherever gathered, has ever been for me, “the germ of a story,” and most of the stories strained to shape under my hand have sprung from a single small seed, a seed as remote and windblown as a casual hint.”
Henry James Quote: “And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved.”
Henry James Quote: “The superiority of one man’s opinion over another’s is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.”
Henry James Quote: “Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active; when the door was not open it jumped out the window.”
Henry James Quote: “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 Quote: “Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”
Henry James Quote: “Always keep a window in the attic open; not just cracked: open.”
Henry James Quote: “To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed.”
Henry James Quote: “Art does not lie in copying nature.- Nature furnishes the material by means of which is to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature.-The artist beholds in nature more than she herself is conscious of.”
Henry James Quote: “It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.”
Henry James Quote: “New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.”
Henry James Quote: “Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.”
Henry James Quote: “You wanted to look at life for yourself – but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional.”
Henry James Quote: “Sometimes she went so far as to wish that she should find herself in a difficult position, so that she might have the pleasure of being as heroic as the occasion demanded.”
Henry James Quote: “Oxford lends sweetness to labour and dignity to leisure.”
Henry James Quote: “London is on the whole the most possible form of life.”
Henry James Quote: “We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped.”
Henry James Quote: “I recall my fleeting instants in Savannah as the taste of a cup charged to the brim.”
Henry James Quote: “The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.”
Henry James Quote: “No, no – there are depths, depths! The more I go over it, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I fear. I don’t know what I don’t see – what I don’t fear!”
Henry James Quote: “The historian, essentially, wants more documents than he can really use; the dramatist only wants more liberties than he can really take.”
Henry James Quote: “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
Henry James Quote: “Art without life is a poor affair.”
Henry James Quote: “Kidd, turn off the light to spare my blushes.”
Henry James Quote: “I have in my own fashion learned the lesson that life is effort, unremittingly repeated.”
Henry James Quote: “Don’t try so much to form your character – it’s like trying to pull open a tight, tender young rose. Live as you like best and your character will take care of itself.”
Henry James Quote: “Most English talk is a quadrille in a sentry-box.”
Henry James Quote: “She is written in a foreign tongue.”
Henry James Quote: “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 Quote: “There’s no more usual basis of union than mutual misunderstanding.”
Henry James Quote: “There are moods in which one feels the impulse to enter a tacit protest against too gross an appetite for pure aesthetics in this starving and sinning world. One turns half away, musingly, from certain beautiful useless things.”
Henry James Quote: “Don’t pass it by – the immediate, the real, the only, the yours.”
Henry James Quote: “I have only to let myself go! So I have said all my life, yet I have never fully done it.”
Henry James Quote: “It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life exept play games.”
Henry James Quote: “We are divided of course between liking to feel the past strange and liking to feel it familiar.”
Henry James Quote: “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 Quote: “Any point of view is interesting that is a direct impression of life. You each have an impression colored by your individual conditions; make that into a picture, a picture framed by your own personal wisdom, your glimpse of the American world.”
Henry James Quote: “The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.”
Henry James Quote: “The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.”
Henry James Quote: “If I should certainly say to a novice, ‘Write from experience and experience only,’ I should feel that this was rather a tantalizing monition if I were not careful immediately to add, ‘Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.’”
Henry James Quote: “The fatal futility of Fact.”
Henry James Quote: “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.”
Henry James Quote: “To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live.”
Henry James Quote: “Life is a predicament which precedes death.”
Henry James Quote: “The advantage, the luxury, as well as the torment and responsibility of the novelist, is that there is no limit to what he may attempt as an executant – no limit to his possible experiments, efforts, discoveries, successes.”
Henry James Quote: “Women never dine alone. When they dine alone they don’t dine.”
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