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Hawthorne Literary Quotes(1879) - Henry JamesRating Mail
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
[ch. I: The Early Years]
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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.
[ch. II: Early Manhood]
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Whatever question there may be of his [Thoreau's] talent, there can be none, I think, of his genius. It was a slim and crooked one; but it was eminently personal. He was imperfect, unfinished, inartistic; he was worse than provincial he was parochial; it is only at his best that he is readable.
[ch. IV: Brook Farm and Concord]
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He would agree that life is a little worth living or worth living a little; but would remark that, unfortunately, to live little enough, we have to live a great deal.
[ch. V: The Three American Novels]
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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 undervalue them.
[ch. VI: England and Italy]
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