E. M. Forster Quotes

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Born: January 1, 1879, London, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK, June 7, 1970
Occupation: Author

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

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Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due - she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
- E. M. Forster

3.
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.
- E. M. Forster

4.
Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.
- E. M. Forster

5.
Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
- E. M. Forster

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England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.
- E. M. Forster

7.
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.
- E. M. Forster

8.
History develops, art stands still.
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

10.
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

12.
I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual.
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

14.
Love is always being given where it is not required.
- E. M. Forster

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Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
- E. M. Forster

16.
One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.
- E. M. Forster

17.
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
- E. M. Forster

18.
One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.
- E. M. Forster

19.
Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.
- E. M. Forster

20.
People have their own deaths as well as their own lives, and even if there is nothing beyond death, we shall differ in our nothingness.
- E. M. Forster

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The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
- E. M. Forster

22.
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
- E. M. Forster

23.
The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.
- E. M. Forster

24.
The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.
- E. M. Forster

25.
The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.
- E. M. Forster

26.
The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.
- E. M. Forster

27.
To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

28.
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.
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

30.
What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

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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.
- E. M. Forster

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