The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

A friendliness, as of dwarfs shaking hands, was in the air...

Eccolo! he exclaimed.

Pity, if one can generalize, is at the bottom of woman. When men like us, it is for our better qualities, and however tender their liking, we dare not be unworthy of it, or they will quietly let us go. But unworthiness stimulates woman. It brings out her deeper nature, for good or for evil.

Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

There were letters for her at the bureau-one from her brother, full of athletics and biology; one from her mother, delightful as only mother's letters could be. She had read in it of the crocuses which had been bought for yellow and were coming up puce, of the new parlour-maid, who had watered the ferns with essence of lemonade...

I do not want my voice to go out into the air while my heart is sinking.

It's better to be fooled than to be suspicious.

Man has to pick up the use of his functions as he goes along- especially the function of Love.

Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land.

And, fatigued by the merciless and enormous day, he lost his usual sane view of human intercourse, and felt that we exist not in ourselves, but in terms of each others' minds—a notion for which logic offers no support and which had attacked him only once before...

She disliked confidences, for they might lead to self-knowledge and to that king of terrors—Light.

While beyond the barrier Maurice wandered, the wrong words on his lips and the wrong desires in his heart, and his arms full of air.

Ideas are fatal to caste.

Science is better than sympathy, if only it is science.

How can I know what I think till I see what I say?

He preferred to talk to Lucy, whose playing he remembered, rather than to Miss Bartlett, who probably remembered his sermons.

When evil occurs, it expresses the whole of the universe. Similarly when good occurs.

There is no harm in deceiving society as long as she does not find you out, because it is only when she finds you out that you have harmed her; she is not like a friend or God, who are injured by the mere existence of unfaithfulness.

Why children?' he asked. 'Why always children? For love to end where it begins is far more beautiful, and Nature knows it.

But he saw only dying light and a dead land. He uttered no prayer, believed in no deity, and knew that the past was devoid of meaning like the present, and a refuge for cowards.

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

Man is the measure. That was my first lesson. Man's feet are the measure for distance, his hands are the measure for ownership, his body is the measure for all that is lovable and desirable and strong.

The crime of suicide lies rather in its disregard for the feelings of those whom we leave behind.

She would only point out the salvation that was latent in his own soul, and in the soul of every man. Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.

You mustn't put off what you think right," said Hamidullah. "That is why India is in such a plight, because we put off things.

Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!

Remember that it's only by going off the track that you get to know the country...And don't, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy's only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.

But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

Standing each by his monster, they looked at each other, and smiled.

I think everyone fails, but there are so many kinds of failure.

At times he entertained the dream. Two men can defy the world.

One was tired of everything, it seemed. One launched into enthusiasms only to collapse gracefully, and pick oneself up amid sympathetic laughter.

I believe in teaching people to be individuals, and to understand other individuals.

I think you're beautiful, the only beautiful person I've ever seen. I love your voice and everything to do with you, down to your clothes or the room you are sitting in. I adore you.

When I think of what life is, and how seldom love is answered by love; it is one of the moments for which the world was made.

At times our need for a sympathetic gesture is so great that we care not what exactly it signifies or how much we may have to pay for it afterwards.

There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.

There are shadows because there are hills.

There stood a young man who had the figure of a Greek athlete and the face of an English one...Just where he began to be beautiful the clothes started.

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.

If they were hypocrites they did not know it, and their hypocrisy had every chance of setting and of becoming true.

He questioned Maurice, who, when he grasped the point, was understood to reply that deeds are more important than words.

Man's feet are the measure for distance, his hands are the measure for ownership, his body is the measure for all that is lovable and desirable and strong.

Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.

Silence and loneliness cannot last for ever. It may be a hundred or a thousand years, but the sea lasts longer, and she shall come out of it and sing.

Self-pity? I see no moral objections to it, the smell drives people away, but that's a practical objection, and occasionally an advantage.