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E. M. Forster Quotes

E. M. Forster Quote: “English literature is a flying fish.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
E. M. Forster Quote: “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Live in fragments no longer. Only connect...”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Only connect!”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest. Live in fragments no longer.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “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 Quote: “The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “You confuse what’s important with what’s impressive.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Excuse my mistakes, realize my limitations. Life is not easy as we know it on the earth.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Let yourself go. Pull out from the depths those thoughts that you do not understand, and spread them out in the sunlight and know the meaning of them.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “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 Quote: “By the side of the everlasting Why there is a Yes – a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “They had nothing in common but the English language.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Lord I disbelieve – help thou my unbelief.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Life never gives us what we want at the moment that we consider appropriate.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “You want to love everyone equally, and that’s worse than impossible – it’s wrong.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “I think you’re beautiful, the only beautiful person I’ve ever seen. I love your voice and everything to do with you, down to your clothes or the room you are sitting in. I adore you.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “A work of art is never finished. It is merely abandoned.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Life is like a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the intrument as you go along.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “History develops, art stands still.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Failure or success seems to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is the wriggle.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Nonsense and beauty have close connections.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Most of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it, and the books and talk that would describe it as interesting are obliged to exaggerate, in the hope of justifying their own existence.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “They had nothing in common but the English language, and tried by its help to express what neither of them understood.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Do you remember Italy?”
E. M. Forster Quote: “To trust people is a luxury in which only the wealthy can indulge; the poor cannot afford it.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “He doesn’t want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “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 Quote: “Sometimes I think too much fuss is made about marriage. Century after century of carnal embracement and we’re still no nearer to understanding one another.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “I seem fated to pass through the world without colliding with it or moving it – and I’m sure I can’t tell you whether the fate’s good or evil. I don’t die – I don’t fall in love. And if other people die or fall in love they always do it when I’m just not there.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “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 Quote: “Unless we remember we cannot understand.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “What the world most needs today are negative virtues – not minding people, not being huffy, touchy, irritable or revengeful.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Truth is a flower in whose neighbourhood others must wither.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “The sun was already declining and each of the trees held a premonition of night.”
E. M. Forster Quote: “Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life.”
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