Quotes by: E. M. Forster

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The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself.
E. M. Forster
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
E. M. Forster
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
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
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
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
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
E. M. Forster
Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.
E. M. Forster
So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
E. M. Forster
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
The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
E. M. Forster
There is much good luck in the world, but it is luck. We are none of us safe. We are children, playing or quarrelling on the line.
E. M. Forster
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
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
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
Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
E. M. Forster
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