Quotation by Henry James

You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it; and finally a soft sense of possession grows up and your visit becomes a perpetual love affair.
Henry James (1843–1916), U.S. author. "Venice," sct. 2, Italian Hours (written 1882, 1909).

James visited Venice seven times between 1869 and 1907. For the city's downside, see James on tourism.
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