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E. M. Forster Quotes

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

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.

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

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

Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.

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.

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.

But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.

Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

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

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

Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.

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.

History develops, art stands still.

How can I know what I think till I see what I say?

I am certainly an ought and not a must.

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.

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