Quotation by E.M. Forster

The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard—it is absurd, unreal, dangerous.... The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist. (First published 1941). "Tolerance," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
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