91 Total Quotes

Henry James Quotes

The fatal futility of Fact.
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#Facts

What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
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#Character

Ideas are, in truth, force.
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#Ideas #Force

To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.
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#Motives

We work in the dark, We do what we can, We give what we have, Our doubt is our passion, And our passion is our task, The rest is the madness of art
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#Art

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.
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#Arts And Artists #Art

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
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#Money #Charming

Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
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#Travel And Tourism

No sovereign, no court, no personal loyalty, no aristocracy, no church, no clergy, no army, no diplomatic service, no country gentlemen, no palaces, no castles, nor manors, nor old country-houses, nor parsonages, nor thatched cottages nor ivied ruins; no cathedrals, nor abbeys, nor little Norman churches; no great Universities nor public schools / no Oxford, nor Eton, nor Harrow; no literature, no novels, no museums, no pictures, no political society, no sporting class / no Epsom nor Ascot! Some such list as that might be drawn up of the absent things in American life.
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#Aristocracy

England always seems to me like a man swimming with his clothes on his head
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#Clothes

Life's too short for chess
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#Chess

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.
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#Critics And Criticism

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.
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#Glory #Simplicity

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language
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#Beauty

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature
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#History

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.
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#Love

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
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#People

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea
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#Life

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?
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#Life

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.
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#Age And Aging

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
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#Judgment And Judges #Mind

She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.
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#Mistakes

Life is a predicament which precedes death
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#Death

She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.
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#Woman

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 air-borne particle in its tissue.
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#Experience