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Edward M. Forster Quotes

14 Edward M. Forster quotes:

"One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it."
"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."
"Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Destiny Quotes
"Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Faith Quotes
"Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent."
"Ideas are fatal to caste."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius."
"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."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Greatness Quotes
"Unless we remember we cannot understand."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Memory Quotes
"The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard --it is absurd, unreal, dangerous. The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Sad Love Quotes
"Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Caution Quotes
"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."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: College Quotes
"Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Democracy Quotes
"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."
Author: Forster Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes

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