Henry James Quotes

New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.

Art does not lie in copying nature. Nature furnishes the material by means of which to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature. The Artist beholds in nature more than she herself is conscious of.

A friend of mine, an American, was once asked to mention the two features of English life which had made the most impression on him. He hesitated a moment, and then he said, “The dogs and the children.” The children apart, it is worth coming to Scotland simply to encounter the very flower of the […]

Cats and monkeys, monkeys and cats all human life is there.

She is magnificently ugly – deliciously hideous… Now in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes, steals forth and charms the mind, so that you end as I ended, in falling in love with her.

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.