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

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.


The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.


Ideas are fatal to caste.


What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?


Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!


I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.


There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.


I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life.


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


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


Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.


The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.


Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land.


I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual.


History develops, art stands still.


The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.


At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes.


It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.


Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.


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


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