To live over other people’s lives is nothing unless we live over their perceptions, live over the growth , the change, the varying intensity of the same – since it was by these things they themselves lived.
Henry James, William Wetmore Story and his Friends 1903
Leon Edel used this quote as an epigraph to the first volume of his Life of Henry James. To be honest, I can’t actually find it in the online versions of William Wetmore Story. Still, interesting quote…..