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Edward M. Forster Quotes

(1879-1970), British Novelist, Essayist

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.

Category: Acquaintance

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.

Category: America

Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.

Category: Arts And Artists

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.

Category: Beauty

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

Category: Betrayal

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.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Books And Reading

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. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

Category: Careers

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

Category: Caution

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.

Category: Ceremony

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.

Category: Character

Towns are excrescences, gray fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.

Category: Cities And City Life

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.

Category: Colleges And Universities

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.

Category: Communication