Born Monday 16 October 1854, died Friday 30 November 1900
Professions: Dramatist, Playwright, Poet, Writer
Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
It is always the unreadable that occurs.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
When good Americans die they go to Paris.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.
Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.