Happy 172nd Birthday to Henry James

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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2 thoughts on “Happy 172nd Birthday to Henry James”

  1. Thanks – I think James is under appreciated, mainly because they insist on forcing college students to read Daisy Miller. But The Turn of the Screw is a masterpiece of creepiness

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