E. M. Forster

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

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I'm a holy man minus the holiness.E. M. Forster

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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

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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

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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

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Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.E. M. Forster

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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

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

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

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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

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We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next.E. M. Forster

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

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Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.E. M. Forster

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

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

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The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.E. M. Forster

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

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I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.E. M. Forster

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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

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

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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

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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

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Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.E. M. Forster

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

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

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

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

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Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.E. M. Forster

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