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Daemon
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Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.

Henry James (1843-1916)
Mohd Monis
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please someone explain this quote to me in detail...i am not getting its intricacies...
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Daemon wrote:
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.

Henry James (1843-1916)


Paraphrase:

There is no end to experiences, which are never finished. Experience is a huge sensibility, like a huge spider's web, composed of fine silk threads, which is woven and hangs in the minds of our consciousness. These fine threads catch everything that comes their way--allowing us to collect the experiences as memories.
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Our whole life is a string of experiences. By them we grow, we learn. They somehow have the ability to shape us, whether we realize it or not.
We are bound to live in the realm of experience for that is the way we can apprehend reality (that is the view of empiricism that states that the only reality is the one we can experience with our senses). That is why experience carries an intense sensibility that is transmitted to our own consciousness.
Experience is an ongoing process since we are in a continuous process of development, and that is why doesn't reach completion. However, I don't really agree with Henry James' affirmation that "experience is never limited". Experience can take you only so far. Since our senses are fallible and limited to our surroundings, experience is also limited, thus not being able to reach infinity nor is someone able to reach by it a transcendent state. It is an immense sphere but it is not infinite nor eternal.
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Hmmm. Cobwebs in the mind.
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Daemon wrote:
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.

Henry James (1843-1916)


"Never limited" experience draw itself from two limitless sources: the nature and subconsciousness.
walirlan
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The first part of this quote is essential. The rest is not so important!
kamilion
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Absolutely fabulous quotation produced by Mr James (who I do not know at all) showing how brilliantly can one's brain go across conventional thinking just by a simple use of abstraction! One would believe there has always been a contradiction between experience as empiricism and thought as theorising, however, viewed in a conventional sense until up then say, when we hear from people like e.g. Mr James. Such thinking is prosperous for intellectual evolution only provided though, when making sense. The crucial point of it, after all, is how our consciousness treat and deal with those caught air-borne particles??
Ryan Ruan
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An amazing quotation! Cool! Drool
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Daemon wrote:
Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.

Henry James (1843-1916)


The quotation comes from the essay "The Art of Fiction", 1884, in which Henry James went a little over board to challenge Walter Besant on his
rules of writing good fiction, i.a. the rule to write from experience. Henry James defended the novel as an art form, even as he maintained that the only rule
a good novel should observe was that it should be interesting. He did not explain or define "Interesting" but went on to theorize "Experience",
that which he disputed, to no sensible end.

Quote: "“What kind of experience is intended, and where does it begin and end? Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every airborne particle in its tissue. It is the very atmosphere of the mind”" End.

Not many airborne particles caught in that atmosphere of the mind.
monamagda
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And he continues ....

"If experience consists of impressions, it may be said that impressions are experience just as (have we not seen it?) they are the very air we breathe. Therefore, if I should certainly say to a novice, "Write from experience and experience only," I should feel that this was rather a tantalising monition if I were not careful immediately to add, "Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!"

Henry James, "The Art of Fiction," 1888
The Realist
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Well said.
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