65 Henry James Quotes On Success In Life

Henry James OM was an American author. He is regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. He was the son of Henry James Sr. and the brother of renowned philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James. These Henry James quotes will motivate you.

Best Henry James Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.” ~ Henry James
  3. “Excellence does not require perfection.” ~ Henry James
  4. “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” ~ Henry James

  5. “Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.” ~ Henry James
  6. “Until you try, you don’t know what you can’t do.” ~ Henry James
  7. “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.” ~ Henry James
  8. “You must save what you can of your life; you musn’t lose it all simply because you’ve lost a part.” ~ Henry James
  9. “And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved.” ~ Henry James

  10. “True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out – you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.” ~ Henry James
  11. “Life is a predicament which precedes death.” ~ Henry James
  12. “Sorrow comes in great waves…but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.” ~ Henry James
  13. “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” ~ Henry James
  14. “Don’t try so much to form your character – it’s like trying to pull open a tight, tender young rose. Live as you like best and your character will take care of itself.” ~ Henry James
  15. “Deep experience is never peaceful.” ~ Henry James

  16. “There were several ways of understanding her: there was what she said, and there was what she meant, and there was something between the two, that was neither.” ~ Henry James
  17. “I call people rich when they’re able to meet the requirements of their imagination.” ~ Henry James
  18. “I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.” ~ Henry James
  19. “If you have work to do, don’t wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.” ~ Henry James
  20. “To believe in a child is to believe in the Future.” ~ Henry James
  21. “The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.” ~ Henry James
  22. “Never say you know the last word about any human heart.” ~ Henry James
  23. “if you are going to be pushed you had better jump” ~ Henry James

  24. “She is like a revolving lighthouse; pitch darkness alternating with a dazzling brilliancy!” ~ Henry James
  25. “It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life except play games” ~ Henry James
  26. “The main object of the novel is to represent life. . .The success of a work of art, to my mind, maybe measured by the degree to which it produces a certain illusion; that illusion makes it appear to us for the time that we have lived another life – that we have had a miraculous enlargement of experience.” ~ Henry James
  27. “I am incapable of telling you not to feel. Feel, feel, I say – feel for all you’re worth, and even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live.” ~ Henry James
  28. “What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?” ~ Henry James
  29. “Love has nothing to do with good reasons.” ~ Henry James
  30. “Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.” ~ Henry James

  31. “Innocent and infinite are the pleasures of observation.” ~ Henry James
  32. “Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.” ~ Henry James
  33. “To live in the world of creation-to get into it and stay in it-to frequent it and haunt it…to think intently and fruitfully, to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attention and meditation-this is the only thing.” ~ Henry James
  34. “Ideas are, in truth, forces. Infinite, too, is the power of personality. A union of the two always makes history.” ~ Henry James
  35. “Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.” ~ Henry James
  36. “One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.” ~ Henry James
  37. “She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.” ~ Henry James

  38. “Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.” ~ Henry James
  39. “It’s never permitted to be surprised at the aberrations of born fools.” ~ Henry James
  40. “The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.” ~ Henry James
  41. “I would give all I possess to get out of myself; but somehow, at the end, I find myself so vastly more interesting than nine-tenths of the people I meet.” ~ Henry James
  42. “Make the short story tremendously succinct – with a very short pulse or rhythm – and the closest selection of detail – in other words, summarise intensely and deeply and keep down the lateral development. It should be a little gem of bright, quick, vivid form” ~ Henry James
  43. “Criticism talks a good deal of nonsense, but even its nonsense is a useful force. It keeps the question of art before the world insists upon its importance.” ~ Henry James
  44. “Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!” ~ Henry James

  45. “To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live.” ~ Henry James
  46. “There’s no more usual basis of union than mutual misunderstanding.” ~ Henry James
  47. “Things are always different from what they might be.” ~ Henry James
  48. “The artist is present in every page of every book from which he sought so assiduously to eliminate himself.” ~ Henry James
  49. “He is the same old sausage, fizzing and sputtering in his own grease.” ~ Henry James
  50. “She had an unequalled gift, especially pen in hand, of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.” ~ Henry James
  51. “One doesn’t defend one’s god: one’s god is in himself a defense.” ~ Henry James

  52. “I take up my own pen again – the pen of all my old unforgettable efforts and sacred struggles. To myself – today – I need say no more. Large and full and high the future still opens. It is now indeed that I may do the work of my life. And I will.” ~ Henry James
  53. “Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.” ~ Henry James
  54. “A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.” ~ Henry James
  55. “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
  56. “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
  57. “All intimacies are based on differences.” ~ Henry James

  58. “Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.” ~ Henry James
  59. “Don’t underestimate the value of irony—it is extremely valuable.” ~ Henry James
  60. “Every good story is of course both a picture and an idea, and the more they are interfused the better.” ~ Henry James
  61. “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
  62. “…he had long decided that abundant laughter should be the embellishment of the remainder of his days.” ~ Henry James
  63. “If I should certainly say to a novice, ‘Write from experience and experience only,’ I should feel that this was rather a tantalizing monition if I were not careful immediately to add, ‘Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.'” ~ Henry James
  64. “I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home.” ~ Henry James
  65. “It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.” ~ Henry James

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