Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.— Henry James
The most strong Henry James quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else.
Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
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.
Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.
Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
She is like a revolving lighthouse; pitch darkness alternating with a dazzling brilliancy!
Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.
She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.
Never say you know the last word about any human heart.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it.
I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.
Life being all inclusion and confusion, and art being all discrimination and selection, the latter, in search of the hard latent value with which it alone is concerned, sniffs round the mass as instinctively and unerringly as a dog suspicious of some buried bone.
Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active;
when the door was not open it jumped out the window.
Live all you can; it's a mistake not to.
Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
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.
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.
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.
It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
A swift carriage, of a dark night, rattling with four horses over roads that one can’t see--that’s my idea of happiness.
His kiss was like white lightning, a flash that spread, and spread again, and stayed.
Deep experience is never peaceful.
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete
Ideas are, in truth, force.
You think too much.' 'I suppose I do; but I can’t help it, my mind is so terribly active. When I give myself, I give myself. I pay the penalty in my headaches, my famous headaches--a perfect circlet of pain! But I carry it as a queen carries her crown.
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.
A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners.
For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
The fatal futility of Fact.
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.
We must know, as much as possible, in our beautiful art.
..what we are talking about and the only way to know is to have lived and loved and cursed and floundered and enjoyed and suffered. 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.
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.
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity.
The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London.
It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.
In art economy is always beauty.
If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American.
I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.