Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
I wrote it [ Maurice ] neither for my friends or the public but because it was weighing on me; and my previous training made me write it as literature, though for a long time I meant to show it no one at all. [...] I am much dependant on criticism and now, backed by you and some others, do feel that I have created something absolutely new, even to the Greeks. Whitman nearly anticipated me but he didn't really know what he was after, or only half knew shirked, even to himself, the statement.e. m. forster