Henry James Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old henry james quotes, henry james sayings, and henry james proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.     

Henry James

New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.     

Henry James

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth--I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.     

Henry James

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

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.     

Henry James

Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.     

Henry James

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

New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.     

Henry James

A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.     

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

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.     

Henry James

When you forget to eat, you know you're alive.     

Henry James

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

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.     

Henry James

London is on the whole the most possible form of life.     

Henry James

She had always been fond of history, and in Rome was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.     

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

He looked at a pretty girl as he would have listened to a piece of music.     

Henry James

If you have been hated, you have also been loved.     

Henry James

Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.     

Henry James

Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.     

Henry James

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.     

Henry James