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The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

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

“Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”

“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.”

“I always want to know the things one shouldn't do." "So as to do them?" asked her aunt. "So as to choose," said Isabel”

“She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.”

“I call people rich when they're able to meet the requirements of their imagination.”

“And remember this, that if you've been hated, you've also been loved.”

“She is written in a foreign tongue.”

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

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Book Keywords:

knowledge, curiosity, tea, reading, love, satisfaction, books, desire

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