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Henry James

1843-1916. American author.

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To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.

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What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?

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Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.

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To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.

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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 air-borne particle in its tissue.

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The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

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He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.

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The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.

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The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.

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Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!

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