"He has the merit-if it is one- of saying exactly what he means. He has rooms he does not value, and he thinks you would value them. He no more thought of putting you under an obligation than he thought of being polite. It is so difficult- at least, I find it difficult- to understand people who speak the truth."

"About old Mr. Emerson- I hardly know. No, he is not tactful; yet, have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time- beautiful?"

"'My father,' he said, 'is in the bath, so you cannot thank him personally. But any message given by you to me will be given by me to him as soon as he comes out.'

Miss Bartlett was unequal to the bath."

"It was then that she saw, pinned up over the washstand, a sheet of paper on which was scrawled an enormous note of interrogation."

"...the traveler who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it."

"By understanding George you may learn to understand yourself. It will be good for both of you."

"Then make my boy think like us. Make him realize that by the side of the everlasting Why there is a Yes- a transitory yes if you like, but a Yes."

"It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano.... The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world; it will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture alike have rejected."

"If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting- both for us and for her."

"The Italians are a most unpleasant people. They pry everywhere, they see everything, and they know what we want before we know it ourselves."


"He did not realize that Lucy had consecrated her environment by the thousand little civilities that create a tenderness in time, and that though her eyes saw its defects, her heart refused to despise it entirely. Nor did he realize a more important point-- that if she was too great for this society, she was too great for all society, and had reached the stage where personal intercourse would alone satisfy her. A rebel she was, but not of the kind he understood--a rebel who desired, not a wider dwelling-room, but equality beside the man she loved. For Italy was offering her the most priceless of all possessions--her own soul."