Henry James

Henry
James
1843
1916

Anglo-American Novelist, son of Henry James, Sr. and brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James

Author Quotes

The balloon of experience is in fact of course tied to the earth, and under that necessary we swing, thanks to a rope of remarkable length, in the more or less commodious can of the imagination; but it is by the rope we know where we are, and from the moment that cable is cut we are at large and unrelated.

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.

There is no such thing as voluntary attention sustained for more than a few seconds at a time.

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.

Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity.

We care what happens to people only in proportion as we know what people are.

Deep experience is never peaceful.

Author Picture
First Name
Henry
Last Name
James
Birth Date
1843
Death Date
1916
Bio

Anglo-American Novelist, son of Henry James, Sr. and brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James