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Have Your Life October 21, 2010

Filed under: Random Post — Karen Shafer @ 11:57 pm

Friday, October 22, 2010


“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.  It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular so long as you have your life.  If you haven’t had that what have you had?”

~~Henry James, from the Preface of The Ambassadors


I’ve developed a newfound passion for and obsession with the writings of Henry James after randomly picking from my bookshelf last week his The Portrait of a Lady.  I’m not sure how I’ve missed out on him all these years, except for random exposure to snippets of his work in high school and at university.  Nightly, however, full of awe, I read his characterizations with the awareness that I am in the presence of a master of insights into the workings of the human mind and heart and the quirks of human behavior.  There’s a reason these sorts of stories survive the decades — in this case over a century.  KS


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