E. M. Forster Quotes

Quotes : 89

English

Life Art Love


One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.

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Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.

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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

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What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand.

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We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

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We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

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We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next.

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Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something

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I'm a holy man minus the holiness.

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I am certainly an ought and not a must.

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I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life.

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I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

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I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.

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I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

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Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!

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It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.

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I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.

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For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed, even for the better.

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Two cheers for Democracy

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Ideas are fatal to caste.

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Unless we remember we cannot understand.

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Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another.

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Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.

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Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.

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I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual.

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

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If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

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A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

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America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.

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At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

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At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes.

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Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.

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How can I know what I think till I see what I say?

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Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.

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History develops, art stands still.

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Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

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Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

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Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.

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Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

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England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.

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