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

Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.     

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

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's.     

E. M. Forster

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.     

E. M. Forster

A facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade, every type of dubiousness.     

E. M. Forster