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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: “I don’t do it!” I sobbed in despair; “I don’t save or shield them! It’s far worse than I dreamed – they’re lost!” VIII.”
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: “I might show it to you, but you’d never see it. The privilege isn’t given to every one; it’s not enviable. It has never been seen by a young, happy, innocent person like you. You must have suffered first, have suffered greatly, have gained some miserable knowledge. In that way your eyes are opened to it.”
Henry James Quote: “The whole of anything, is never told.”
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: “We are divided of course between liking to feel the past strange and liking to feel it familiar.”
Henry James Quote: “I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.”
Henry James Quote: “Every good story is of course both a picture and an idea, and the more they are interfused the better.”
Henry James Quote: “True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”
Henry James Quote: “Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.”
Henry James Quote: “London doesn’t love the latent or the lurking, has neither time, nor taste, nor sense for anything less discernible than the red flag in front of the steam-roller. It wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high.”
Henry James Quote: “There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.”
Henry James Quote: “It exhibits the effort of an essentially prosaic mind to lift itself, by a prolonged muscular strain, into poetry.”
Henry James Quote: “His serenity was but the array of wild flowers niched in his ruin.”
Henry James Quote: “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 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: “I adore a moat,’ said Isabel. ‘Good-bye.”
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: “The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.”
Henry James Quote: “Art derives a considerable part of its beneficial exercise from flying in the face of presumptions.”
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: “Little by little, even with other cares, the slowly but surely working poison of the garden-mania begins to stir in my long-sluggish veins.”
Henry James Quote: “Well,” said Winterbourne, “when you deal with natives you must go by the custom of the place. Flirting is a purely American custom; it doesn’t exist here. So when you show yourself in public with Mr. Giovanelli, and without your mother – ” “Gracious!”
Henry James Quote: “A solitary maple on a woodside flames in single scarlet, recalls nothing so much as the daughter of a noble house dressed for a fancy ball, with the whole family gathered around to admire her before she goes.”
Henry James Quote: “I take up my own pen again – the pen of all my old unforgettable efforts and sacred struggles. To myself – today – I need say no more. Large and full and high the future still opens. It is now indeed that I may do the work of my life. And I will.”
Henry James Quote: “I have lived too long in foreign parts.”
Henry James Quote: “We must for dear life make our own counter-realities.”
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: “Nothing, of course, will ever take the place of the good old fashion of ‘liking’ a work of art or not liking it; the more improved criticism will not abolish that primitive, that ultimate, test.”
Henry James Quote: “The artist beholds in nature more than she herself Nature is conscious of.”
Henry James Quote: “He was absolutely, on this occasion, a living, detestable, dangerous presence.”
Henry James Quote: “Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.”
Henry James Quote: “People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course – with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here – to keep an eye on the fleeting hour.”
Henry James Quote: “I intend to judge things for myself; to judge wrongly, I think, is more honorable than not to judge at all.”
Henry James Quote: “God’s creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none.”
Henry James Quote: “There were several ways of understanding her: there was what she said, and there was what she meant, and there was something between the two, that was neither.”
Henry James Quote: “I would give all I possess to get out of myself; but somehow, at the end, I find myself so vastly more interesting than nine tenths of the people I meet.”
Henry James Quote: “One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.”
Henry James Quote: “Her memory’s your love. You want no other.”
Henry James Quote: “Europe was best described, to his mind, as an elaborate engine for dissociating the confined American from that indispensable knowledge, and was accordingly only rendered bearable by these occasional stations of relief, traps for the arrest of wandering western airs.”
Henry James Quote: “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 Quote: “Autobiography may be the preeminent kind of American expression.”
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 flash of this knowledge – for it was knowledge in the midst of dread – produced in me the most extraordinary effect.”
Henry James Quote: “We care what happens to people only in proportion as we know what people are.”
Henry James Quote: “If you haven’t had your life what have you had?”
Henry James Quote: “The girl had a certain nobleness of imagination, which rendered her a good many services and played her a great many tricks.”
Henry James Quote: “I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.”
Henry James Quote: “It was the way the autumn day looked into the high windows as it waned; the way the red light, breaking at the close from under a low sombre sky, reached out in a long shaft and played over old wainscots, old tapestry, old gold, old colour.”
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