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Henry James

Datum narození: 15. duben 1843
Datum úmrtí: 28. únor 1916

Henry James byl americký spisovatel a kritik. Od roku 1876 žil trvale v Londýně.


„V životě je jen pár hodin, které jsou příjemnější než doba zasvěcená rituálu zvanému čaj o páté. “

„Benátky, jsou dnes jedno obrovské muzeum, jehož vstupní branka stále skřípe, jak se otvírá znovu a znovu... “


„Prožij všechno, co můžeš. Byla by osudová chyba to neudělat. Nezáleží nijak zvlášť na tom, pro co přesně se rozhodneš, dokud to, co žiješ, bude tvůj život. Kdybys neměl svůj život, co jiného bys potom měl?“

„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.“

„She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.“

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

„I'm glad you like adverbs — I adore them; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.“

„It's time to start living the life you've imagined.“


„I don't want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.“

„It has made me better loving you... it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.“ The Portrait of a Lady

„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.“ The Middle Years

„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.“


„There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.“ The Portrait of a Lady

„I'm yours for ever--for ever and ever. Here I stand; I'm as firm as a rock. If you'll only trust me, how little you'll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.“ The Portrait of a Lady

„Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.“ The Portrait of a Lady

„I always want to know the things one shouldn't do."
"So as to do them?" asked her aunt.
"So as to choose." said Isabel“
The Portrait of a Lady

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