Henry James quote about knowledge from The Portrait of a Lady - The more you know the more unhappy you are.
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The more you know the more unhappy you are.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

Context

“«I'm not afraid of that; but if I'm tired I shall at least have learned something.»
«Very little, I suspect. But my sister's dreadfully afraid of learning anything,» said Mr. Osmond.
«Oh, I confess to that; I don't want to know anything more—I know too much already. The more you know the more unhappy you are.»
«You should not undervalue knowledge before Pansy, who has not finished her education,» Madame Merle interposed with a smile. «Pansy will never know any harm,» said the child's father. «Pansy's a little convent-flower.»” source

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