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HENRY JAMES, JR.
British (American-born) novelist, short story writer and critic
(1843 - 1916)
  CHECK READING LIST (12)  

Every governmental institution has been a standing testimony to the harmonic destiny of society, a standing proof that the life of man is destined for peace and amity, instead of disorder and contention.
      - [Government]

God's creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none.
      - [Man]

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
      - [History : Literature]

Not much talk--a great, sweet silence.
      - A Bundle of Letters (letter IV) [Silence]

He was worse than provincial--he was parochial.
      - Of Thoreau--A Critical Life of Hawthorne
        [Character]

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and taste for emotions of recognition.
      - Partial Portraits (On Trollope) [Taste]

Strether's first question, when he reached the hotel, was about his friend; yet on his learning that Waymarsh was apparently not to arrive till evening he was not wholly disconnected.
      - The Ambassadors [Books (First Lines)]

On a brilliant day in May, in the year 1868, a gentleman was reclining at his ease on the great circular divan which at that period occupied the centre of the Salon Carre, in the Museum of the Louvre.
      - The American [Books (First Lines)]

Save when it happened to rain Vanderbank always walked home, but he usually took a hansom when the rain was moderate and adopted the preference of the philosopher when it was heavy. On this occasion he therefore recognized, as the servant opened the door, a congruity between the weather and the 'four-wheeler' that, in the empty street, under the glazed radiance, waited and trickled and blackly glittered.
      - The Awkward Age (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Olive will come down in about ten minutes; she told me to tell you that."
      - The Bostonians [Books (First Lines)]

The Prince had always liked his London, when it had come to him; he was one of the modern Romans who find by the Thames a more convincing image of the truth of the ancient state than any they have left by the Tiber.
      - The Golden Bowl [Books (First Lines)]

"No, my lord," Banks had replied, "no stranger has yet arrived. But I'll see if any one has come in--or who has."
      - The Outcry [Books (First Lines)]

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
      - The Portrait of a Lady
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Oh yes, I daresay I can find the child, if you would like to see him," Miss Pynsent said; she had a fluttering wish to assent to every suggestion made by her visitor, whom she regarded as a high and rather terrible personage.
      - The Princess Casamassima
        [Books (First Lines)]

She waited, Kate Croy, for her father to come in, but he kept her unconscionably, and there were moments at which she showed herself, in the glass over the mantel, a face positively pale with the irritation that had brought her to the point of going away without sight of him.
      - The Wings of the Dove
        [Books (First Lines)]


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