E. M. Forster
No one is India.
One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life.
The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
I never could get on with representative individuals but people who existed on their own account and with whom it might therefore be possible to be friends.
Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.
People have their own deaths as well as their own lives, and even if there is nothing beyond death, we shall differ in our nothingness.
Reverence is fatal to literature.
Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.
It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.
Paganism is infectious, more infectious than diphtheria or piety.
England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.
One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.
America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.