Alice James


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  • ''The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. letter, Dec. 11, 1891, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (1964).
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  • ''How sick one gets of being "good," how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours; embody selfishness.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist. letter, Dec. 11, 1889, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (1964).
  • ''It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At ... moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. letter, Dec. 12, 1889, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (1964).
  • ''I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (1964). letter, Sept. 27, 1890, to her brother, psychologist William James.

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