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Quote Left I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home. Quote Right
Quote Left Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Quote Right
Quote Left Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught. Quote Right
Quote Left No sovereign, no court, no personal loyalty, no aristocracy, no church, no clergy, no army, no diplomatic service, no country gentlemen, no palaces, no castles, nor manors, nor old country-houses, nor parsonages, nor thatched cottages nor ivied ruins; no cathedrals, nor abbeys, nor little Norman churches; no great Universities nor public schools -- no Oxford, nor Eton, nor Harrow; no literature, no novels, no museums, no pictures, no political society, no sporting class -- no Epsom nor Ascot! Some such list as that might be drawn up of the absent things in American life. Quote Right
Quote Left It struck him really that he had never so lived with her as during this period of her silence; the silence was a sacred hush, a finer clearer medium, in which her idiosyncrasies showed. Quote Right
Quote Left Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed. Quote Right
Quote Left People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course--with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here--to keep an eye on the fleeting hour. Quote Right
Quote Left There are moods in which one feels the impulse to enter a tacit protest against too gross an appetite for pure aesthetics in this starving and sinning world. One turns half away, musingly, from certain beautiful useless things. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 airborne particle in its tissue. Quote Right
Quote Left Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard. Quote Right
Quote Left Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met. Quote Right
Quote Left In art economy is always beauty. Quote Right
Quote Left He is the same old sausage, fizzing and sputtering in his own grease. Quote Right
Quote Left It's time to start living the life you've imagined. Quote Right
Quote Left If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land. Quote Right
Quote Left In spite of overwhelming evidence, it is most difficult for a citizen of western Europe to bring thoroughly home to himself the truth that the civilisation which surrounds him is a rare exception in the history of the world. Quote Right
Quote Left He had the entertainment of thinking that if he had for that moment stopped the clock it was to promote the next minute this still livelier motion. Quote Right
Quote Left To treat a big subject in the intensely summarized fashion demanded by an evening's traffic of the stage when the evening, freely clipped at each end, is reduced to two hours and a half, is a feat of which the difficulty looms large. Quote Right
Quote Left I feel how little she can like being told of her owing me anything. No woman ever enjoys such an obligation to another woman. Quote Right
Quote Left She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault. Quote Right
Quote Left Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language. Quote Right
Quote Left It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition. Quote Right
Quote Left Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet. Quote Right
Quote Left Henry James chews more than he bites off. Quote Right
Quote Left A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals. Quote Right
Quote Left She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities. Quote Right
Quote Left What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition! Quote Right
Quote Left 'There are certainly moments,' said Chad, 'when you seem to me too good to be true. Yet if you are true,' he added, 'that seems to be all that need concern me.' Quote Right
Quote Left Deep experience is never peaceful. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right