E.M. Forster: The Imperialist is not what he thinks or seems. He is a destroyer.

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

E.M. Forster: Wars spurred on by persistent talk of war, amplified by the gutter press

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E.M. Forster
From Howards End (1910)

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Her tenderness! Her innocence! The wonderful innocence that was hers by the gift of God. Ruth knew no more of worldly wickedness and wisdom than did the flowers in her garden or the grass in her field. Her idea of business – “Henry, why do people who have enough money try to get more money?” Her idea of politics – “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”

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Looking back on the past six months, Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead…

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