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

Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.


The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.


So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.


What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.


Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's.


No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.


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.


Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.


Paganism is infectious, more infectious than diphtheria or piety.


Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.


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.


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.


Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.


We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.


There is much good luck in the world, but it is luck. We are none of us safe. We are children, playing or quarrelling on the line.


It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.


We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.


I'm a holy man minus the holiness.


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.


Only a struggle twists sentimentality and lust together into love.


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