Quotations From HENRY JAMES
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What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. repr. In Partial Portraits (1888). The Art of Fiction (originally published 1884).
You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it; and finally a soft sense of possession grows up and your visit becomes a perpetual love affair.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. "Venice," sct. 2, Italian Hours (written 1882, 1909). James visited Venice seven times between 1869 and 1907. For the city's downside, see James on tourism.
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The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. The Tragic Muse, ch. 9 (1890).
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Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. The Portrait of a Lady, ch. 1 (1881). Opening words.
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Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Gilbert Osmond, in The Portrait of a Lady, ch. 35 (1881). Speaking of Isabel Archer's fortune.
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To kill a human being is, after all, the least injury you can do him.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. repr. In The Complete Tales of Henry James, vol. 1, ed. Leon Edel (1962). George Bingham, in "My Friend Bingham," Atlantic Monthly (Boston, March 1867). Having mistakenly shot a child.
She had an unequalled gift ... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. repr. In The Real Thing and Other Tales (1893). "Greville Fane," Illustrated London News (September 17 and 24, 1892). Of Fane's command of French and Italian.
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Ralph Touchett, in The Portrait of a Lady, ch. 13 (1881). Giving his appraisal of Henrietta Stackpole.
To treat a "big" subject in the intensely summarized fashion demanded by an evening's traffic of the stage when the evening, freely clipped at each end, is reduced to two hours and a half, is a feat of which the difficulty looms large.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Theatricals: Second Series, prefatory note (1894).
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. "Venice," sct. 2, Italian Hours (1909, written 1882).
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