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

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One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.

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Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown

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Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown.

Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.

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E. M. Forster quote Unless we remember we cannot understand.

Unless we remember we cannot understand.

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Books have to be read (worse luck it takes so long a time).

It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West.

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Ideas are fatal to caste.

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Pathos, piety, courage, they exist, but are identical, and so is filth.

Everything exists, nothing has value.

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

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The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard --it is absurd, unreal, dangerous. The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much.

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If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

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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.

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Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.

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Outside the arch, always there seemed another arch. And beyond the remotest echo, a silence.

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About E. M. Forster

Quotes 354 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday January 1, 1879

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

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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.

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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.

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Life is a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.

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A facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade, every type of dubiousness.

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

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Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge.

Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

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Oxford is Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge.

Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

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Nonsense and beauty have close connections.

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Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.

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Human relations are impossible. When they are real they are uncomfortable, and when they are comfortable they are unreal. It was for the journey into solitude that the human soul was created.

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The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken.

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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.

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It makes a difference doesn't it, whether we fully fence ourselves in, or whether we are fenced out by the barriers of others?

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...the true spirit of gastronomic joylessness. Porridge fills the Englishman up, and prunes clear him out.

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The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul.

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One's favorite book is as elusive as one's favorite pudding.

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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.

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In the creative state a man is taken out of himself.

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I believe we shall come to care about people less and less, Helen.

The more people one knows, the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London. I quite expect to end my life caring most for a place.

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We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand.

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

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Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another.

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Don't believe those lies about intellectual people. They're only written to soothe the majority.

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The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.

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

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

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Adventures do occur, but not punctually.

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No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.

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Books have to be read it is the only way of discovering what they contain.

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There is an aristocracy of the sensitive.

They represent the true human tradition of permanent victory over cruelty and chaos.

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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.

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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.

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For it is a serious thing to have been watched.

We all radiate something curiously intimate when we believe ourselves to be alone.

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A work of art is never finished. It is merely abandoned.

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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.

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Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

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