Henry James Quotes


42 Henry James quotes:



"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition."
Author: James Quotes Category: History Quotes
"Deep experience is never peaceful."
Author: James Quotes Category: Experience Quotes
"Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet."
"The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master."
Author: James Quotes Category: America Quotes
"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."
"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."
Author: James Quotes Category: America Quotes Exile Quotes
"It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them."
Author: James Quotes Category: America Quotes
"The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life."
"Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!"
"To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own."
"Tell the boys to follow, to be faithful, to take me seriously."
Author: James Quotes Category: Boys Quotes
"To treat a ''big'' subject in the intensely summarized fashion demanded by an evening's traffic of the stage when the evening, freely clipped at each end, is reduced to two hours and a half, is a feat of which the difficulty looms large."
Author: James Quotes Category: Fashion Quotes Theater Quotes
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."
Author: James Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting."
Author: James Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Obligation Quotes
"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."
Author: James Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there."
Author: James Quotes Category: Animals Quotes
"Cats and monkeys, monkeys and cats - all human life is there"
Author: James Quotes Category: Animals Quotes
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language"
Author: James Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language"
Author: James Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong: beauty enchanting but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, peolpe of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of a night; we wake up to it again for ever and ever; we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it."
Author: James Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes



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