23+ quotes from Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

Quotes from Where Angels Fear to Tread

E.M. Forster ·  148 pages

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“I seem fated to pass through the world without colliding with it or moving it — and I'm sure I can't tell you whether the fate's good or evil. I don't die — I don't fall in love. And if other people die or fall in love they always do it when I'm just not there.”
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“All a child's life depends on the ideal it has of its parents. Destroy that and everything goes - morals, behavior, everything. Absolute trust in someone else is the essence of education.”
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“Don't be mysterious; there isn't the time.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“The advance of regret can be so gradual that it is impossible to say "yesterday I was happy, today I am not.”
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“You told me once that we shall be judged by our intentions, not by our accomplishments. I thought it a grand remark. But we must intend to accomplish - not sit intending on a chair.”
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“He had known so much about her once -what she thought, how she felt, the reasons for her actions. And now he only knew that he loved her, and all the other knowledge seemed passing from him just as he needed it most.”
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“For a wonderful physical tie binds the parents to the children; and—by some sad, strange irony—it does not bind us children to our parents. For if it did, if we could answer their love not with gratitude but with equal love, life would lose much of its pathos and much of its squalor, and we might be wonderfully happy.”
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“Let her go to Italy!" he cried. "Let her meddle with what she doesn't understand! ”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“For the dead, who seem to take away so much, really take with them nothing that is ours.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“They travelled for thirteen hours down-hill, whilst the streams broadened and the mountains shrank, and the vegetation changed, and the people ceased being ugly and drinking beer, and began instead to drink wine and to be beautiful.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“Society is invincible - to a certain degree. But your real life is your own, and nothing can touch it. There is no power on earth that can prevent your criticizing and despising mediocrity - nothing that can stop you retreating into splendour and beauty - into the thoughts and beliefs that make the real life - the real you.”
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“Oh, what's the use of your fairmindedness if you never decide for yourself? Anyone gets hold of you and makes you do what they want. And you see through them and laugh at them - and do it. It's not enough to see clearly; I'm muddle-headed and stupid, and not worth a quarter of you, but I have tried to do what seemed right at the time. And you - your brain and your insight are splendid. But when you see what's right you're too idle to do it. You told me once that we shall be judged by our intentions, not by our accomplishments. I thought it a grand remark. But we must intend to accomplish - not sit intending on a chair.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“They sowed the duller vegetables first, and a pleasant feeling of righteous fatigue stole over them as they addressed themselves to the peas.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“Miss Abbott, don't worry over me. Some people are born not to do things. I'm one of them.”
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“No, mother; no. She was really keen on Italy. This travel is quite a crisis for her.” He found the situation full of whimsical romance: there was something half attractive, half repellent in the thought of this vulgar woman journeying to places he loved and revered. Why should she not be transfigured? The same had happened to the Goths.”
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“Mr. Herriton, don’t – please, Mr. Herriton – a dentist. His father’s a dentist.”
Philip gave a cry of personal disgust and pain. He shuddered all over, and edged away from his companion. A dentist! A dentist at Monteriano. A dentist in fairyland! False teeth and laughing gas and the tilting chair at a place which knew the Etruscan League, and the Pax Romana, and Alaric himself, and the Countess Matilda, and the Middle Ages, all fighting and holiness, and the Renaissance, all fighting and beauty! He thought of Lilia no longer. He was anxious for himself: he feared that Romance might die.”
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“For the barrier of language is sometimes a blessed barrier, which only lets pass what is good. Or--to put the thing less cynically--we may be better in new clean words, which have never been tainted by our pettiness or vice. Phillip, at all events, lived more graciously in Italian, the very phrases of which entice one to be happy and kind.”
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“Every little trifle, for some reason, does seem incalculably important today, and when you say of a thing that 'nothing hangs on it,' it sounds like blasphemy. There's never any knowing - (how am I to put it?) - which of our actions, which of our idlenesses won't have things hanging on it for ever.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“Oh, the English! They are always thinking of tea. They carry it by the kilogram, and they are so clumsy that they always pack it at the top.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“Italy. It may be full of beautiful pictures and churches, but we cannot judge a country by anything but its
men.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“For the dead, who seem to take away so much, really take with them nothing that is ours. The passion they have aroused lives after them, easy to transmute or to transfer, but well-nigh impossible to destroy.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“They travelled for thirteen hours down-hill, whilst the streams broadened and the mountains shrank, and the vegetation changed, and the people ceased being ugly and drinking beer, and began instead to drink wine and to be beautiful. And the train which had picked them up at sunrise out of a waste of glaciers and hotels was waltzing at sunset round the walls of Verona.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


“In Rome one had simply to sit still and feel.”
― E.M. Forster, quote from Where Angels Fear to Tread


About the author

E.M. Forster
Born place: in Marylebone, London, England, The United Kingdom
Born date January 1, 1879
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