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E. M. Forster quotes: Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there? Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?
E. M. Forster quotes: She only felt that the candle would burn better, the packing go easier, the world be happier, if she could give and receive some human love. She only felt that the candle would burn better, the packing go easier, the world be happier, if she could give and receive some human love.
E. M. Forster quotes: Italy was offering her the most priceless of all possessions - her own soul. Italy was offering her the most priceless of all possessions - her own soul.
E. M. Forster quotes: Axiom : Novel must have either one living character or a perfect pattern: fails otherwise. Axiom : Novel must have either one living character or a perfect pattern: fails otherwise.
E. M. Forster quotes: How can it be expressed in anything but itself? How can it be expressed in anything but itself?
E. M. Forster quotes: Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life
E. M. Forster quotes: The old trouble: things won't fit.''What things?''The things of the universe. The old trouble: things won't fit.'
'What things?'
'The things of the universe.
E. M. Forster quotes: Then the pernicious charm of Italy worked on her, and, instead of acquiring information, she began to be happy. Then the pernicious charm of Italy worked on her, and, instead of acquiring information, she began to be happy.
E. M. Forster quotes: Science is better than sympathy, if only it is science. Science is better than sympathy, if only it is science.
E. M. Forster quotes: It is devilish difficult to criticise society & also create human beings. It is devilish difficult to criticise society & also create human beings.
E. M. Forster quotes: Nonsense of this type is more difficult to combat than a solid lie. It hides in rubbish heaps and moves when no one is looking. Nonsense of this type is more difficult to combat than a solid lie. It hides in rubbish heaps and moves when no one is looking.
E. M. Forster quotes: Neither memory nor anticipation is much interested in Father Time, and all dreamers, artists and lovers are partially delivered from his tyranny; Neither memory nor anticipation is much interested in Father Time, and all dreamers, artists and lovers are partially delivered from his tyranny;
E. M. Forster quotes: There's nothing like a debate to teach one quickness. I often wish I had gone in for them when I was a youngster. It would have helped me no end. There's nothing like a debate to teach one quickness. I often wish I had gone in for them when I was a youngster. It would have helped me no end.
E. M. Forster quotes: An engagement is so potent a thing that sooner or later it reduces all who speak of it to this state of cheerful awe. An engagement is so potent a thing that sooner or later it reduces all who speak of it to this state of cheerful awe.
E. M. Forster quotes: A critic has no right to the narrowness which is the frequent prerogative of the creative artist. A critic has no right to the narrowness which is the frequent prerogative of the creative artist.
E. M. Forster quotes: The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme. The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
E. M. Forster quotes: There are different ways of evil and I prefer mine to yours. There are different ways of evil and I prefer mine to yours.
E. M. Forster quotes: I have always found writing pleasant and don't understand what people mean by 'throes of creation.' I have always found writing pleasant and don't understand what people mean by 'throes of creation.'
E. M. Forster quotes: To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
E. M. Forster quotes: If we act the truth the people who really love us are sure to come back to us in the long run If we act the truth the people who really love us are sure to come back to us in the long run
E. M. Forster quotes: Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent. Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
E. M. Forster quotes: One doesn't come to Italy for niceness," was the retort; "one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno! One doesn't come to Italy for niceness," was the retort; "one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno!
E. M. Forster quotes: A slow nature such as Maurice's appears insensitive, for it needs time even to feel. A slow nature such as Maurice's appears insensitive, for it needs time even to feel.
E. M. Forster quotes: Margaret could not reply. Was he incredibly stupid, or did he understand her better than she understood herself? Margaret could not reply. Was he incredibly stupid, or did he understand her better than she understood herself?
E. M. Forster quotes: There are occasions when I would rather feel like a fly than a spider. There are occasions when I would rather feel like a fly than a spider.
E. M. Forster quotes: I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual. I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual.
E. M. Forster quotes: Outside the arch, always there seemed another arch. And beyond the remotest echo, a silence. Outside the arch, always there seemed another arch. And beyond the remotest echo, a silence.
E. M. Forster quotes: Self-pity ? I see no moral objections to it, the smell drives people away, but that's a practical objection, and occasionally an advantage. Self-pity ? I see no moral objections to it, the smell drives people away, but that's a practical objection, and occasionally an advantage.
E. M. Forster quotes: But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else. But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.
E. M. Forster quotes: No one, except Ronny, had any idea of what passed in her mind, and he only dimly, for where there is officialism every human relationship suffers. No one, except Ronny, had any idea of what passed in her mind, and he only dimly, for where there is officialism every human relationship suffers.
E. M. Forster quotes: For it is a serious thing to have been watched. We all radiate something curiously intimate when we believe ourselves to be alone. For it is a serious thing to have been watched. We all radiate something curiously intimate when we believe ourselves to be alone.
E. M. Forster quotes: My law-givers are Erasmus and Montaigne, not Moses and St Paul. My law-givers are Erasmus and Montaigne, not Moses and St Paul.
E. M. Forster quotes: 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. 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.
E. M. Forster quotes: She strove in vain against the echoing walls of their civility. She strove in vain against the echoing walls of their civility.
E. M. Forster quotes: The hungry and the homeless don't care about liberty any more than they care about cultural heritage. To pretend that they do care is cant. The hungry and the homeless don't care about liberty any more than they care about cultural heritage. To pretend that they do care is cant.
E. M. Forster quotes: If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very excitingboth for us and for her. If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting
both for us and for her.
E. M. Forster quotes: The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink. The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.
E. M. Forster quotes: He seems to see good in every one. No one would take him for a clergyman. He seems to see good in every one. No one would take him for a clergyman.
E. M. Forster quotes: Don't go fighting against the Spring. Don't go fighting against the Spring.
E. M. Forster quotes: Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance. Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.
E. M. Forster quotes: Maurice was scandalized, horrified. He was shocked to the bottom of his suburban soul.... Maurice was scandalized, horrified. He was shocked to the bottom of his suburban soul....
E. M. Forster quotes: Books have to be read it is the only way of discovering what they contain. Books have to be read it is the only way of discovering what they contain.
E. M. Forster quotes: She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words. She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words.
E. M. Forster quotes: She grew more and more vexed with his dignified behavior. By a cruel irony, she was drawing out what was best in his disposition. She grew more and more vexed with his dignified behavior. By a cruel irony, she was drawing out what was best in his disposition.
E. M. Forster quotes: I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort. I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.
E. M. Forster quotes: Maurice hated cricket. It demanded a snickety neatness he could not supply. Maurice hated cricket. It demanded a snickety neatness he could not supply.
E. M. Forster quotes: Oh, no, not likely. No one capable of tragedy could have married Mrs. Lanoline. Oh, no, not likely. No one capable of tragedy could have married Mrs. Lanoline.
E. M. Forster quotes: Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time. Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.
E. M. Forster quotes: we may say that History develops, Art stands still we may say that History develops, Art stands still
E. M. Forster quotes: We shan't have rain, but we shall have darkness, so let us hurry on. The darkness last night was appalling. We shan't have rain, but we shall have darkness, so let us hurry on. The darkness last night was appalling.
E. M. Forster quotes: Independence!" was a useful cry, and always saying we have not got it. Independence!" was a useful cry, and always saying we have not got it.
E. M. Forster quotes: England has always been disinclined to accept human nature. England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.
E. M. Forster quotes: He has the merit - if it is one - of saying exactly what he means. He has the merit - if it is one - of saying exactly what he means.
E. M. Forster quotes: The past is devoid of meaning like the present, and a refuge for cowards. The past is devoid of meaning like the present, and a refuge for cowards.
E. M. Forster quotes: Don't believe those lies about intellectual people. They're only written to soothe the majority. Don't believe those lies about intellectual people. They're only written to soothe the majority.
E. M. Forster quotes: You can do what you like, but the outcome will be the same. You can do what you like, but the outcome will be the same.
E. M. Forster quotes: What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives? What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
E. M. Forster quotes: They cared for no one, they were outside humanity, and death, had it come, would only have continued their pursuit of a retreating horizon. They cared for no one, they were outside humanity, and death, had it come, would only have continued their pursuit of a retreating horizon.
E. M. Forster quotes: Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life. Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
E. M. Forster quotes: Yes, oh dear, yes, the novel tells a story. Yes, oh dear, yes, the novel tells a story.
E. M. Forster quotes: Oh, the English! They are always thinking of tea. They carry it by the kilogram, and they are so clumsy that they always pack it at the top. Oh, the English! They are always thinking of tea. They carry it by the kilogram, and they are so clumsy that they always pack it at the top.
E. M. Forster quotes: Words deserted him immediately. He could only speak when he was not asked to. Words deserted him immediately. He could only speak when he was not asked to.
E. M. Forster quotes: Did you ever dream you had a friend, Alec? Someone to last your whole life and you his. I suppose such a thing can't really happen outside sleep. Did you ever dream you had a friend, Alec? Someone to last your whole life and you his. I suppose such a thing can't really happen outside sleep.