E. M. Forster Quotes
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.
What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
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.
To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.
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.
The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.
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.
One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
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.