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Henry James Epic 100 Quotes

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1.“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.”

2.“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”

3.A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.

4.“Love has nothing to do with good reasons.”

5.Until you try, you don’t know what you can’t do.

6.The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

7.Art is a point of view, and a genius way of looking at things.

8.“One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.”

9.“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”

10.“Until you try, you don’t know what you can’t do.”

11.You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.

12.Art derives a considerable part of its beneficial exercise from flying in the face of presumptions.

13.“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.”

14.“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.”

15.I’ve always expected the worst, and it’s always worse than I expected.

16.The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.

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

18.Always keep a window in the attic open; not just cracked: open.

19.All intimacies are based on differences.

20.“She is like a revolving lighthouse; pitch darkness alternating with a dazzling brilliancy!”

21.“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.”

22.“Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.”

23.Deep experience is never peaceful.

24.Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

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

26.“It’s never permitted to be surprised at the aberrations of born fools.”

27.“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

28.“If you have work to do, don’t wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.”

29.Life is a predicament which precedes death.

30.All the same don’t forget that you’re young — blessedly young; be glad of it on the contrary and live up to it. 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.

31.“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.”

32.“Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”

33.“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!”

34.“It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.”

35.Any point of view is interesting that is a direct impression of life. You each have an impression colored by your individual conditions; make that into a picture, a picture framed by your own personal wisdom, your glimpse of the American world.

36.“If you are going to be pushed you had better jump.”

37“I’m yours for ever–for ever and ever. Here I stand; I’m as firm as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.”

38.“She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.”

39.“And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved.”

40.“What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?”

41.“The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.” Henry James

42.“I call people rich when they’re able to meet the requirements of their imagination.”

43.“You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.”

44.“Never say you know the last word about any human heart.”

45.“Innocent and infinite are the pleasures of observation.” Henry James

46.“To believe in a child is to believe in the Future.”

47.“If you have work to do, don’t wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.” Henry James

48.“Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”

49.“She is written in a foreign tongue.”

50.“I’m yours for ever – for ever and ever. Here I stand; I’m as firm as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.”

51.“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

52.“It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life except play games.” Henry James

53.“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

54.“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.”

55.Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.

56.“Never say you know the last word about any human heart.” Henry James

57.“I intend to judge things for myself; to judge wrongly, I think, is more honorable than not to judge at all.”

58.“To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.”

59.There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

60.“You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.” Henry James

61.“If this was love, love had been overrated.”

62.“Don’t underestimate the value of irony—it is extremely valuable.”

63.“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.”

64.If one is strong, one loves the more strongly.

65.“You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.” Henry James

66.“Excellence does not require perfection.”
― Henry James

67.“Deep experience is never peaceful.”
― Henry James

68.“Don’t mind anything any one tells you about any one else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”
― Henry James

69.“One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.”
― Henry James,

70.“The women one meets – what are they but books one has already read? You’re a library of the unknown, the uncut. Upon my word I’ve a subscription.”
― Henry James,

71.“…and the great advantage of being a literary woman, was that you could go everywhere and do everything.”
― Henry James,

72.“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of it’s process.”
― Henry James

73.“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.”
― Henry James,

74.“Don’t pass it by–the immediate, the real, the only, the yours.”
― Henry James

75.“You wanted to look at life for yourself – but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional!”
― Henry James,

76.“I have never allowed a gentleman to dictate to me, or to interfere with anything I do.”
― Henry James,

77.“She had a certain way of looking at life which he took as a personal offense.”
― Henry James,

78.“Feel, feel, I say – feel for all you’re worth, and even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live”
― Henry James

79.“Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active; when the door was not open it jumped out the window.”
― Henry James,

80.“A swift carriage, of a dark night, rattling with four horses over roads that one can’t see–that’s my idea of happiness.”
― Henry James,

81.“To say that she had a book is to say that her solitude did not press upon her; for her love of knowledge had a fertilizing quality and her imagination was strong. There was at this time, however, a want of lightness in her situation, which the arrival of an unexpected visitor did much to dispel.”

82.“When I am wicked I am in high spirits.”
― Henry James,

83.“You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.”
― Henry James,

84.“Sometimes she went so far as to wish that she should find herself in a difficult position, so that she might have the pleasure of being as heroic as the occasion demanded.”
― Henry James,

85.“Love has nothing to do with good reasons.”
― Henry James,

86.“Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.”
― Henry James

87.“…he had long decided that abundant laughter should be the embellishment of the remainder of his days.”
― Henry James,

88.“There are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.”
― Henry James

89.“It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.”
― Henry James

90.“There were several ways of understanding her: there was what she said, and there was what she meant, and there was something between the two, that was neither.”
― Henry James,

91.“He was there or was not there: not there if I didn’t see him.”
― Henry James,

92.“Life is a predicament which precedes death.”

93.“To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live.”

94.“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.”
― Henry James

95.“She took refuge on the firm ground of fiction, through which indeed there curled the blue river of truth.”

96.“—his indescribable little air of knowing nothing in the world but love.”
― Henry James,

97.“If you have work to do, don’t wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.”

98.“It’s not my fate to give up–I know it can’t be.”

99.“The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.”

100.“She had an unequalled gift, usually pen in hand, of squeezing big mistakes into opportunities.”
― Henry James

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