Henry James Quotes

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

Henry James

She ordered a cup of tea, which proved excessively bad, and this gave her a sense that she was suffering in a romantic cause.

Henry James

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

Henry James

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

I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.

Henry James

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.

Henry James

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

Henry James

Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James

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