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Henry James Quotes

Things are always different from what they might be.
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Live all you can; it's a mistake not to.

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She couldn't have told you whether it was because she was afraid, or because such a voice in the darkness seemed of necessity a boon; but she listened to him as she had never listened before; his words dropped deep into her soul.

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The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implication of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life, in general, so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it-this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience, and they occur in country and in town, and in the most differing stages of education.

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Catherine, who was extremely modest, had no desire to shine, and on most social occasions, as they are called, you would have found her lurking in the background.

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This purpose had not been preponderantly to make money
it had been rather to learn something and to do something. To learn something interesting, and to do something useful
this was, roughly speaking, the programme he had sketched, and of which the accident of his wife having an income appeared to him in no degree to modify the validity.

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We see our lives from our own point of view; that is the privilege of the weakest and humblest of us;

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Under all his culture, his cleverness, his amenity, under his good-nature, his facility, his knowledge of life, his egotism lay hidden like a serpent in a bank of flowers.

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One never said the things one wanted - one remembered them all an hour afterwards. On the other hand one usually said a lot of things one shouldn't, simply from a sense that one had to say something.

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I looked at the place with my heart beating as I had known it to do in the dentist's parlor.

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One need not be a rabid Anglican to be extremely sensible to the charm of an English country church ...

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I have only to let myself go! So I have said all my life, yet I have never fully done it.

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