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, The Art of Fiction (1884).
The ever importunate murmur, "Dramatize it, dramatize it!"Henry James
Catsandmonkeysmonkeysand catsall humanlifeis there!Henry James
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.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
We work in the darkwe do what we canwe give what we have.Our doubt is in our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is madness.Henry James
I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort.Henry James
In the long run an opinion often borrows credit from the forbearance of its patrons.Henry James
Everything about Florence seems to be coloured with a mild violet, like diluted wine.Henry James
Cats and monkeys monkeys and cats all human life is there!Henry James
My choice is the old world my choice, my need, my life.Henry James
There are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.Henry James
A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.Henry James
If the artist is necessarily sensitive, does that sensitiveness form in its essence a state constantly liable to shade off into the morbid? Does this liability, moreover, increase in proportion as the effort is great and the ambition intense?Henry James
He is outside of everything, and an 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
So here it is at last, the distinguished thing!Henry James
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.Henry James
There is, I think, no more nutritive or suggestive truth... than that of the perfect dependence of the "moral" sense of a work of art on the amount of felt life concerned in producing it. The question comes back thus, obviously, to the kind and the degree of the artist's prime sensibility, which is the soil out of which his subject springs.Henry James
To see deep difficulty braved is at any time, for the really addicted artist, to feel almost even as a pang the beautiful incentive, and to feel it verily in such sort as to wish the danger intensified. The difficulty most worth tackling can only be for him, in these conditions, the greatest the case permits of.Henry James
The note I wanted; that of the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy.Henry James
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