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E.M. Forster Quotes



Quotes by E.M. Forster - (36 quotes)

E. M. Forster - From the Art category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Beauty category:

Nonsense and beauty have close connections. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Books category:

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Books category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Books category:

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Communication category:

Only connect! (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Creativity category:

Just as words have two functions - information and creation - so each human mind has two personalities, one on the surface, one deeper down. The upper personality... is conscious and alert... The lower personality is a... perfect fool, but without it there is no literature... (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Criticism category:

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Destiny category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Freedom category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Friendship category:

Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Humanity category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Imitation category:

Everything must be like something, so what is this like? (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Life category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Love category:

You can transmute love, muddle it, ignore it... but you can never pull it out of you... (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Money category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Music category:

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated the ear of man. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Mysteries category:

We move between two darknesses. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Nature category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Passion category:

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Poetry category:

Men yearn for poetry though they may not confess it; they desire that joy shall be graceful and sorrow august and infinity have a form. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Poetry category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Politics category:

So, Two cheers for Democracy: one, because it admits variety, and two, because it permits criticism. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Portraiture category:

Roger Fry is painting me. It is too like me at present, but he is confident he will be able to alter that. Post-Impressionism is at present confined to my lower lip... and to my chin. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Profession category:

The historian must have... some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Questions category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Sadness category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Spectator category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Teaching category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Temperament category:

It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Thinking category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Tradition category:

History develops, art stands still. (E. M. Forster)

E. M. Forster - From the Truth category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Wonder category:

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)

E. M. Forster - From the Words category:

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

E. M. Forster - From the Writing category:

Creative writers are always greater than the causes they represent. (E. M. Forster)