Quotes by E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster

English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist

Alive from: 1879-1970

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    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 gone ourselves.
    Source: Two Cheers for Democracy (1951) A Book That Influenced Me
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    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.
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    Ideas are fatal to caste.
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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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    It is so difficult – at least, I find it difficult – to understand people who speak the truth.
    Source: A Room with a View (1908) Ch. 1
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    Life - No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.
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    Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?
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    Lord I disbelieve - help thou my unbelief.
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    One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
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    Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.
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    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.
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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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    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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    Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
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    The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
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