Henry James Quotes

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life-is-a-predicament-which-precedes-death
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
deep-experience-is-never-peaceful
it-takes-an-endless-amount-of-history-to-make-even-a-little-tradition
a-man-who-pretends-to-understand-women-is-bad-manners-for-him-to-really-to-understand-them-is-bad-morals
cats-and-monkeys-monkeys-and-cats-all-human-life-is-there
summer-afternoon-summer-afternoon-to-me-those-have-always-been-the-two-most-beautiful-words-in-the-english-language
the-superiority-of-one-mans-opinion-over-anothers-is-never-so-great-as-when-the-opinion-is-about-a-woman
in-museums-and-palaces-we-are-alternate-radicals-and-conservatives
there-are-two-kinds-of-taste-the-taste-for-emotions-of-surprise-and-the-taste-for-emotions-of-recognition
art-without-life-is-poor-affair-henry-james
the-only-obligation-to-which-in-advance-we-may-hold-novel-without-incurring-accusation-being-arbitrary-is-that-it-be-interesting-henry-james
it-is-no-wonder-he-wins-every-game-he-has-never-done-thing-in-his-life-exept-play-games-henry-james
there-are-women-who-are-for-all-your-times-life-theyre-most-wonderful-sort-henry-james
autobiography-may-be-preeminent-kind-american-expression-henry-james
cats-monkeys-monkeys-cats-all-human-life-is-there-henry-james
i-have-in-my-own-fashion-learned-lesson-that-life-is-effort-unremittingly-repeated-henry-james
live-all-you-can-its-mistake-not-to-it-doesnt-matter-what-you-do-in-particular-long-as-you-have-had-your-life-if-you-havent-had-that-what-have-you-had-henry-james
its-not-my-fate-to-give-upi-know-it-cant-be-henry-james
the-finer-natures-were-those-that-shone-at-larger-times-henry-james
one-need-not-be-rabid-anglican-to-be-extremely-sensible-to-charm-english-country-church-henry-james
her-reputation-for-reading-great-deal-hung-about-her-like-cloudy-envelope-goddess-in-epic-henry-james
new-york-is-appalling-fantastically-charmless-elaborately-dire-henry-james
the-ideal-quiet-genteel-retirement-in-1835-was-found-in-washington-square-where-doctor-built-himself-handsome-modern-widefronted-house-with-big-balcony-before-drawingroom-windows
let-us-be-vulgar-have-some-fun-let-us-invite-president-henry-james
the-american-girl-isnt-any-girl-shes-remarkable-specimen-in-remarkable-species-henry-james
Before he went away, he had heard all about the self-made girl, and there was something in the picture that strongly impressed him. She was possible doutbless only in America; American life had smoothed the way for her. She was not fast, nor emancipated, nor crude, nor loud, and there wasn't in her, of necessity at least, a grain of the stuff of which the adventuress is made. She was simply very successful, and her success was entirely personal. She hadn't been born with the silver spoon of social opportunity, she had grasped it by honest exertion. You knew her by many different signs, but chiefly, infallibly, by the appearance of her parents. It was her parents who told her story; you always saw how little her parents could have made her. Her attitude with regard to them might vary in different ways. As the great fact on her own side was that she had lifted herself from a lower social plane, done it all herself, and done it by the simple lever of her personality, it was naturally to be expected that she would leave the authors of her mere material being in the shade. (...) But the general characteristic of the self-made girl was that, though it was frequently understood that she was privately devoted to her kindred, she never attempted to impose them on society, and it was striking that, though in some of her manifestations a bore, she was at her worst less of a bore than they. They were almost always solemn and portentous, and they were for the most part of a deathly respectability. She wasn't necessarily snobbish, unless it was snobbish to want the best. She didn't cringe, she didn't make herself smaller than she was, she took on the contrary a stand of her own and attracted things to herself. Naturally she was possible only in America, only in a country where whole ranges of competition and comparison were absent.

Henry James
before-he-went-away-he-had-heard-all-about-selfmade-girl-there-was-something-in-picture-that-strongly-impressed-him-she-was-possible-doutbless-only-in-america-american-life-had-s
what-we-often-take-to-be-new-is-simply-old-under-some-novel-form-henry-james
try-to-be-someone-upon-whom-nothing-is-lost-henry-james
there-are-few-hours-in-life-more-agreeable-than-ceremony-known-as-afternoon-tea-henry-james
i-never-did-anything-in-life-to-anyones-imagination-henry-james
the-historic-atmosphere-was-there-certainly-but-historic-atmosphere-scientifically-considered-was-no-better-than-villainous-miasma-henry-james
still-who-could-say-what-men-ever-were-looking-for-they-looked-for-what-they-found-they-knew-what-pleased-them-only-when-they-saw-it-henry-james
it-is-art-that-makes-life-makes-interest-makes-importance-i-know-no-substitute-for-force-beauty-its-process-henry-james
we-trust-to-novels-to-train-us-in-practice-great-indignations-great-generositie-henry-james
i-hold-any-writer-sufficiently-justified-who-is-himself-in-love-with-his-theme-henry-james
it-has-not-been-successful-life-no-it-has-only-been-beautiful-one-henry-james
theres-no-more-usual-basis-union-than-mutual-misunderstanding-henry-james
do-you-know-i-love-you-im-sure-i-dont-care-whether-you-do-not-henry-james
summer-afternoonsummer-afternoon-to-me-those-have-always-been-two-most-beautiful-words-in-english-language-henry-james
be-not-afraid-life-believe-that-life-is-worth-living-your-belief-will-create-fact-henry-james
she-took-refuge-on-firm-ground-fiction-through-which-indeed-there-curled-blue-river-truth-henry-james
if-you-have-work-to-do-dont-wait-to-feel-like-it-set-to-work-you-will-feel-like-it-henry-james
obstacles-are-those-frightening-things-you-see-when-you-take-you-eyes-off-your-goal-henry-james
nothing-is-my-last-word-on-anything-henry-james
i-dont-want-everyone-to-like-me-i-should-think-less-myself-if-some-people-did-henry-james