The Portrait of a Lady

“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

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

Henry James

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

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

“I’m yours for ever–for ever and ever.  Here I stand; I’m as firm as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.”

Henry James,    The Portrait of a Lady

“…I am incapable of telling you not to feel. Feel, feel, I say – feel for all you’re worth, and even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live…”
Henry James

 

“If one is strong, one loves the more strongly.”

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 call people rich when they’re able to meet the requirements of their imagination.”  Henry James,    The Portrait of a Lady

“Be not afraid of life believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact.”

Henry James

“She is written in a foreign tongue.”

Henry James,    The Portrait of a Lady

“Things are always different than what they might be…If you wait for them to change, you will never do anything.”

Henry James,    The Portrait of a Lady

 

“You wanted to look at life for yourself – but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional.”
―    Henry James,    The Portrait of a Lady

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