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Henry James Quotes


brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James, was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
(1843 - 1916)

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A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
 

An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue.
 

Art does not lie in copying nature. - Nature furnishes the material by means of which to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature. - The artist beholds in nature more than she herseif is conscious of.
[Art]
 

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
 

Cats and monkeys - monkeys and cats - all human life is there.
[Cats]
 

Deep experience is never peaceful.
[Experience]
 

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 air-borne particle in its tissue.
 

For myself I live, live intensely and am fed by life, and my value, whatever it be, is in my own kind of expression of that.
[Writing]
 

However British you may be, I am more British still.
 

I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
 

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.
 

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
 

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.
 

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

Ideas are, in truth, force.
 

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.
[America]
 

In art economy is always beauty.
 

In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
 

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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