E. M. Forster Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old E. M. Forster quotes, E. M. Forster sayings, and E. M. Forster proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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. E. M. Forster
One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. E. M. Forster
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. E. M. Forster
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E. M. Forster
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. E. M. Forster
Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes. E. M. Forster
Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice. E. M. Forster
Too late... everything's always too late. E. M. Forster
Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed. E. M. Forster
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration. E. M. Forster
The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world. E. M. Forster
A novel must give a sense of permanence as well as a sense of life. E. M. Forster
It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness. E. M. Forster
The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art. E. M. Forster
At times our need for a sympathetic gesture is so great that we care not what exactly it signifies or how much we may have to pay for it afterwards. E. M. Forster
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour. E. M. Forster
She must be assured that it is not a criminal offense to love at first sight. E. M. Forster
Suspense: the only literary tool that has any effect upon tyrants and savages. E. M. Forster
Those who search for truth are too conscious of the maze to be hard on others. E. M. Forster
England has always been disinclined to accept human nature. E. M. Forster
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death. E. M. Forster
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. E. M. Forster
I suggest that 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. E. M. Forster
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
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. E. M. Forster
Love is always being given where it is not required. E. M. Forster
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. E. M. Forster
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. E. M. Forster
To trust people is a luxury in which only the wealthy can indulge; the poor cannot afford it. E. M. Forster
The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something and do not see life in terms of power. E. M. Forster