28 Total Quotes

Edward+M. Forster Quotes

There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
Edward M. Forster
#Creeds

Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
Edward M. Forster
#Arts And Artists

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.
Edward M. Forster
#Beauty

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
Edward M. Forster
#Books And Reading

One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
Edward M. Forster
#Books And Reading

The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.
Edward M. Forster
#Careers

Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
Edward M. Forster
#Caution

A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.
Edward M. Forster
#Ceremony

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 M. Forster
#Colleges And Universities

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.
Edward M. Forster
#Communication

Death destroys a man, the idea of Death saves him.
Edward M. Forster
#Death

Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
Edward M. Forster
#Democracy

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.
Edward M. Forster
#Destiny

As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.
Edward M. Forster
#Examinations

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
Edward M. Forster
#Faith

Unless we remember we cannot understand.
Edward M. Forster
#Memory

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 M. Forster
#Greatness

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.
Edward M. Forster
#History And Historians

Ideas are fatal to caste.
Edward M. Forster
#Ideas

Life -- No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.
Edward M. Forster
#Life

Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?
Edward M. Forster
#Logic

Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership.
Edward M. Forster
#Materialism

The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.
Edward M. Forster
#Organization

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.
Edward M. Forster
#Tolerance

Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.
Edward M. Forster
#Skepticism

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.
Edward M. Forster
#Train

Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
Edward M. Forster
#Vulgarity

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
Edward M. Forster
#Writers And Writing