Henry James Quotes

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Born: April 15, 1843, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: London, England, UK, February 28, 1916
Occupation: Author

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

Deep experience is never peaceful.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

I adore adverbs they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

Ideas are, in truth, force.
- Henry James

In art economy is always beauty.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
- Henry James

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

Life is a predicament which precedes death.
- Henry James

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
- Henry James

People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there. You can let your conscience alone if you're nice to the second housemaid.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

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?
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

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