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

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

Related topics: History

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

Deep experience is never peaceful.
- Henry James

Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
- Henry James

 

An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue.
- Henry James

We work n 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.
- Henry James

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

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I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

To kill a human being is, after all,
the least injury you can do him.
- Henry James

Life is a predicament which precedes death.
- Henry James

The only success worth one's powder was success in
the line of one's idiosyncrasy...
what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be?
- Henry James

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

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

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

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

Ideas are, in truth, force.
- Henry James

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
- Henry James

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

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions
of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
- Henry James

In art economy is always beauty.
- Henry James

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
- Henry James

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

What is character but the determination of incident?
What is incident but the illustration of character?
- Henry James

It's a complex fate, being an American,
and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting
against a superstitious valuation of Europe.
- Henry James

The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.
- Henry James

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate,
to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine
a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
- Henry James

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.
- Henry James

The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel,
without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary,
is that it be interesting.
- Henry James

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the
hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
- Henry James

In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
- Henry James

However British you may be, I am more British still.
- Henry James

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

Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice
there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
- Henry James

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

Young men of this class never do anything for themselves
that they can get other people to do for them,
and it is the infatuation, the devotion,
the superstition of others that keeps them going.
These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women.
- Henry James

The face of nature and civilization in this our country
is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field.
But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination.
To write well and worthily of American things one need
even more than elsewhere to be a master.
- Henry James

One might enumerate the items of high civilization,
as it exists in other countries, which are absent from
the texture of American life,
until it should become a wonder to know what was left.
- Henry James

People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me
one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there.
You can let your conscience alone if you're nice to the second housemaid.
- Henry James

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

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

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

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who takes medicine and neglects his diet
wastes the skill of his doctors.
- Chinese Proverb

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.
- Jimmy Carter

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Love gives naught but itself
and takes naught but from itself.
- Khalil Gibran

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

Yes! it takes courage to act upon your dreams.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

Whatever it takes.
- Anonymous

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.
- Eddie Cantor

Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A son is a son till he takes him a wife,
a daughter is a daughter all of her life.
- Irish Traditional

Every loving thought is true.
Everything else is an appeal for healing and help,
regardless of the form it takes.
- A Course In Miracles

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

It takes discipline and compassion
to awaken the divine in ourselves long enough
to recognize the divine in another.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes time to persuade men to do even
what is for their own good.
- Thomas Jefferson


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