Edward M. Forster

English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist

Lived from: 1879-1970

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Edward M. Forster

Quotes 1 till 15 of 42.

1 2 3 Next 
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    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.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    Death destroys a man, the idea of Death saves him.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    Failure or success seem 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 this wriggle.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward M. Forster
    - +
     0
    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.
1 2 3 Next