Edward Morgan Forster quotes

 quotes - Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice. Share

“Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

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“Love is always being given where it is not required.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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“History develops, art stands still.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“Reverence is fatal to literature.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

“England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

“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.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“If there is on earth a house with many mansions, it is the house of words.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

“Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“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.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“Paganism is infectious, more infectious than diphtheria or piety.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“People have their own deaths as well as their own lives, and even if there is nothing beyond death, we shall differ in our nothingness.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

“The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

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

— Edward Morgan Forster

“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.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.”

— Edward Morgan Forster

“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.”

— Edward Morgan Forster
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