Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
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.
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
Deep experience is never peaceful.
It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
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.
If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.
The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
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.
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy... what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be?
One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.
I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
Life is a predicament which precedes death.