Quotes by: E. M. Forster

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Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
E. M. Forster
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
E. M. Forster
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
I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.
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
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
E. M. Forster
At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
E. M. Forster
We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next.
E. M. Forster
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
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