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Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.


         

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

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


         


We move between two darknesses.

We move between two darknesses.


         

The Machine stops.""What do you say?""The Machine is stopping, I know it, I know the signs."She burst into a peal of laugher.

The Machine stops.""What do you say?""The Machine is stopping, I know it, I know the signs."She burst into a peal of laugher.


         


Love had failed. Love was an emotion through which you occasionally enjoyed yourself. it could not do things.

Love had failed. Love was an emotion through which you occasionally enjoyed yourself. it could not do things.


         

She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words.

She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words.


         

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.


         

If you introduce the human figure you at once arouse either disgust or desire.

If you introduce the human figure you at once arouse either disgust or desire.


         

When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I.

When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I.


         

But they did not chatter much, for the boy, when he liked a person, would as soon sit silent in his company as speak.

But they did not chatter much, for the boy, when he liked a person, would as soon sit silent in his company as speak.


         

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

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


         


But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.

But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.


         

It is so difficult - at least, I find it difficult - to understand people who speak the truth.

It is so difficult - at least, I find it difficult - to understand people who speak the truth.


         

I'm afraid that in nine cases out of ten Nature pulls one way and human nature another.

I'm afraid that in nine cases out of ten Nature pulls one way and human nature another.


         

-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.

-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.


         

Some reviews give pain. This is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine. He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along.

Some reviews give pain. This is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine. He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along.


         

They chose to regard it as a miraculous preservation.

They chose to regard it as a miraculous preservation.


         

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

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


         

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea


         

It is the starved imagination, not the well-nourished, that is afraid.

It is the starved imagination, not the well-nourished, that is afraid.