E. M. Forster Quotes

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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.
E. M. Forster

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

E. M. Forster Quotes
E. M. Forster Quotes
Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.
E. M. Forster

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

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

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

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

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.
E. M. Forster

How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
E. M. Forster

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

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

I never could get on with representative individuals but people who existed on their own account and with whom it might therefore be possible to be friends.
E. M. Forster

Ideas are fatal to caste.
E. M. Forster

If there is on earth a house with many mansions, it is the house of words.
E. M. Forster

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

Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.
E. M. Forster

Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!
E. M. Forster

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

No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
E. M. Forster

No one is India.
E. M. Forster

One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
E. M. Forster

One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
E. M. Forster

Only a struggle twists sentimentality and lust together into love.
E. M. Forster

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

Paganism is infectious, more infectious than diphtheria or piety.
E. M. Forster

Reverence is fatal to literature.
E. M. Forster

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
E. M. Forster

The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.
E. M. Forster

The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.
E. M. Forster

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

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

The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself.
E. M. Forster

There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.
E. M. Forster

Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
E. M. Forster

Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.
E. M. Forster

Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
E. M. Forster

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

We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand.
E. M. Forster

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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