Henry James quote about self from The Portrait of a Lady - I don't want every one to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.
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I don't want every one to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

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Author Henry James
Source The Portrait of a Lady
Topic self integrity liking
Date 1881
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2834/2834-h/2834-h.htm

Context

“«I'm afraid she has changed a great deal. I told her she would.»
«I'm sorry to hear it; I hoped she would have her own way. Why doesn't my brother like you?» the Countess ingenuously added.
«I don't know and I don't care. He's perfectly welcome not to like me; I don't want every one to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did. A journalist can't hope to do much good unless he gets a good deal hated; that's the way he knows how his work goes on. And it's just the same for a lady. But I didn't expect it of Isabel.»
«Do you mean that she hates you?»” source

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