E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970), known as E. M. Forster, was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years.

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

The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.

History develops, art stands still.

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

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.

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.

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

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died and then queen died of grief is a plot.

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

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine to them alas! we return.

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

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.

England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.

Paganism is infectious more infectious than diphtheria or piety.

I never could get on with representative individuals but people who existed on their own account and with whom it might therefore be possible to be friends.

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

I am certainly an ought and not a must.

Most quarrels are inevitable at the time, incredible afterwards.

The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs in the rebuilding of civilization something less dramatic and emotional is needed namely tolerance.

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

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