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E. M. Forster
January 1, 1879 - June 7, 1970
Nationality: English
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: English Novelist

The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.


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


One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.


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.


There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.


One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.


Love is always being given where it is not required.

    Topics: Love Is

We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next.


Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.


No one is India.

    Topics: Short

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.


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


Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.


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.


Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.


Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.


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


England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.


How can I know what I think till I see what I say?


One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.


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