Henry James


The Portrait of a Lady (1881) There's no more usual basis of union than a mutual misunderstanding.

to judge wrong, I think, is more honourable than not to judge at all.

"I don't pretend to know what people are meant for," said Madame Merle. "I only know what I can do with them."

To live in such a place was, for Isabel, to hold to her ear all day a shell of the sea of the past. This vague eternal rumour kept her imagination awake.

"She is written in a foreign tongue."

Daisy Miller "She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS." The Spoils of Poynton (1897) "Life being all inclusion and confusion, and art being all discrimination and selection, the latter, in search of the hard latent value with which it alone is concerned, sniffs round the mass as instinctively and unerringly as a dog suspicious of some buried bone." The Europeans 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. The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself. All that sensibly exists is but the mind's furniture.

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