Quotes by Henry James


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

Don't pass it by-the immediate, the real, the only, the yours. Henry James

The Prince had always liked his London, when it had come to him; he was one of the modern Romans who find by the Thames a more convincing image of the truth of the ancient state than any they have left by the Tiber. Henry James

It exhibits the effort of an essentially prosaic mind to lift itself, by a prolonged muscular strain, into poetry. Henry James

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

God's creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none. Henry James

The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern . . . this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience. Henry James

Oh yes, I daresay I can find the child, if you would like to see him, Miss Pynsent said; she had a fluttering wish to assent to every suggestion made by her visitor, whom she regarded as a high and rather terrible personage. Henry James

The faculty of attention has utterly vanished from the Anglo-Saxon mind, extinguished at its source by the big bayadere of journalism, of the newspaper and the picture magazine which keeps screaming, Look at me. Illustrations, loud simplifications... bill poster advertising - only these stand a chance. Henry James

The epoch of Customary Law, and of its custody by a privileged order, is a very remarkable one. Henry James Sumner Maine

[Henry David Thoreau] was worse than provincial-he was parochial. Henry James

The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender Philip Guedalla

The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender. Philip Guedalla

I think then I may safely conclude and I firmly believe that American slavery is not only not a sin but especially commanded by God through Moses and approved by Christ through His Apostles. James Henry Hammond

Little by little, even with other cares, the slowly but surely working poison of the garden-mania begins to stir in my long-sluggish veins. Henry James

It is important to bear in mind the now commonly accepted fact that in its primitive stages, religion had nothing to do with morals as understood by us today. James Henry Breasted

She had her own way of doing all that she did, and this is the simplest description of a character which, although by no means without liberal motions, rarely succeeded in giving an impression of suavity. Henry James

...The peculiar air of Oxford-the air of liberty to care for the things of the mind assured and secured by machinery which is in itself a satisfaction to sense. Henry James

Art does not lie in copying nature.- Nature furnishes the material by means of which is to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature.-The artist beholds in nature more than she herself is conscious of. Henry James

She was not made out of his head, Sir, To rule and to govern the man; Nor was she made out of his feet, Sir, By man to be trampled upon... But she did come forth from his side, Sir, His equal and partner to be; And now they are coupled together, She oft proves the top of the tree. James Henry Dixon



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