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All Quotes by author - E. M. Forster
" 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. "
" A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. "
" At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity. "
" At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes. "
" 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. "
" Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man. "
" Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed. "
" But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else. "
" Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration. "
" Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent. "
" Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him. "
" Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life. "
" England has always been disinclined to accept human nature. "
" Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch. "
" For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed, even for the better. "
" History develops, art stands still. "
" How can I know what I think till I see what I say? "
" I am certainly an ought and not a must. "
" I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life. "
" I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. "
" Ideas are fatal to caste. "
" 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. "
" If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. "
" If there is on earth a house with many mansions, it is the house of words. "
" I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual. "
" 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. "
" I'm a holy man minus the holiness. "
" 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. "
" It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools. "
" It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness. "
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