Henry James’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Henry James Quotes 

Henry James, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Henry James quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Henry James’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Henry James made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”
― Henry James

 “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.”
― Henry James

“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.”
― Henry James, The Middle Years

 “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.”
― Henry James

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

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

 “I’m glad you like adverbs — I adore them; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.”
― Henry James

“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.”
― Henry James

“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”
― Henry James

10 Famous Quotes by Author Henry James

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Henry James quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Henry James quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Henry James. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Henry James quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Henry James Quote 

“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.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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