Henry James quote about requirement from The Portrait of a Lady - I call people rich when they're able to meet the requirements of their imagination.
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I call people rich when they're able to meet the requirements of their imagination.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

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“«I shall be happy to consider it,» he said softly.
«Isabel's poor then. My mother tells me that she has but a few hundred dollars a year. I should like to make her rich.»
«What do you mean by rich?»
«I call people rich when they're able to meet the requirements of their imagination. Isabel has a great deal of imagination.»
«So have you, my son,» said Mr. Touchett, listening very attentively but a little confusedly.
«You tell me I shall have money enough for two. What I want is that you should kindly relieve me of my superfluity and make it over to Isabel.” source

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