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Henry James Quotes

42 Henry James quotes:

"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."
"Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself."
"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."
Author: James Quotes Category: Kindness Quotes
"The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman."
"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
"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."
"The terrible fluidity of self-revelation."
Author: James Quotes Category: Self Quotes Introspection Quotes
"I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home."
Author: James Quotes Category: Patriotism 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
"England always seems to me like a man swimming with his clothes on his head"
Author: James Quotes Category: Clothes 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
"The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life."
"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
"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
"She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table."
Author: James Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors."
"A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals."
"It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature"
Author: James Quotes Category: History Quotes

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