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Henry James quotes

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.

Deep experience is never peaceful.

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

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

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

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

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

However British you may be, I am more British still.

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.

Ideas are, in truth, force.

The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.

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 right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.

What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?

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

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.