E. M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH (1 January 1879 - 7 June 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist, and librettist

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A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.
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.
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.
But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
How do I know what I have to say wntil I see what I have said?
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
It isn't possible to love and part...you can transmutate love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. Love is eternal
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.
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
Towns are excrescences, gray fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
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 belive in Art for Art's sake.

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