Quotes by: E. M. Forster

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E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster, by Dora Carrington c. 1924–1925
Born Edward Morgan Forster
(1879-01-01)1 January 1879
Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Died 7 June 1970(1970-06-07) (aged 91)
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Writer (novels, short stories, essays)
Nationality English
Education Tonbridge School
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Period 1901–70
Genre Realism, symbolism, modernism
Subject Class division, gender, homosexuality

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
E. M. Forster
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
The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.
E. M. Forster
Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.
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
One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
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 final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
E. M. Forster
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
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
E. M. Forster
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
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
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
Oxford is Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.
E. M. Forster
Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.
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
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
E. M. Forster
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.
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
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