Henry James

writer who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916)

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Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
Deep experience is never peaceful.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
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 airborne particle in its tissue.
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.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
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 are in a conspiracy to under-value them.
It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
Live all you can - it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.
She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.
Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
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.
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy . what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it --this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.
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.
There are three things that are important in human life. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.
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.
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.
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.
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.
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

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