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 :: 1843-1916, American Author

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A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
~ Henry James - [Understanding]

 

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Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
~ Henry James - [Life and Living]

 

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Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
~ Henry James - [Animals]

 

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Deep experience is never peaceful.
~ Henry James - [Experience]

 

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Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
~ Henry James - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [Experience]

 

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Experience was to be taken as showing that one might get a five-pound note as one got a light for a cigarette; but one had to check the friendly impulse to ask for it in the same way.
~ Henry James - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [Writers and Writing]

 

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I am blackly bored when they are at large and at work; but somehow I am still more blackly bored when they are shut up in Holloway and we are deprived of them.
~ Henry James - [Feminism]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [Simplicity]

 

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I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
~ Henry James - [Writers and Writing]

 

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I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.
~ Henry James - [Patriotism]

 

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Ideas are, in truth, force.
~ Henry James - [Ideas]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [Exile]

 

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In art economy is always beauty.
~ Henry James - [Editing and Editors]

 

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In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
~ Henry James - [Museums and Galleries]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [Arts and Artists]

 

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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.
~ Henry James - [America]

 

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
~ Henry James - [Literature]

 

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Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?
~ Henry James - [Life and Living]

 

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