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E.M. Forster Quotes: "But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear and merge into something else."

But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear and merge into something else.




E.M. Forster Quotes: "We move between two darknesses."

We move between two darknesses.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "The Machine stops.""What do you say?""The Machine is stopping, I know it, I know the signs."She burst into a peal of laugher."

The Machine stops.""What do you say?""The Machine is stopping, I know it, I know the signs."She burst into a peal of laugher.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Love had failed. Love was an emotion through which you occasionally enjoyed yourself. it could not do things."

Love had failed. Love was an emotion through which you occasionally enjoyed yourself. it could not do things.




E.M. Forster Quotes: "She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words."

She was as bored as her brother would have been, and had not his gift of listening beneath words.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "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."

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.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "If you introduce the human figure you at once arouse either disgust or desire."

If you introduce the human figure you at once arouse either disgust or desire.




E.M. Forster Quotes: "When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I."

When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "But they did not chatter much, for the boy, when he liked a person, would as soon sit silent in his company as speak."

But they did not chatter much, for the boy, when he liked a person, would as soon sit silent in his company as speak.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance."

Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable."

But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "It is so difficult - at least, I find it difficult - to understand people who speak the truth."

It is so difficult - at least, I find it difficult - to understand people who speak the truth.




E.M. Forster Quotes: "I'm afraid that in nine cases out of ten Nature pulls one way and human nature another."

I'm afraid that in nine cases out of ten Nature pulls one way and human nature another.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Some reviews give pain. This is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine. He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along."

Some reviews give pain. This is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine. He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "They chose to regard it as a miraculous preservation."

They chose to regard it as a miraculous preservation.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea"

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea



E.M. Forster Quotes: "It is the starved imagination, not the well-nourished, that is afraid."

It is the starved imagination, not the well-nourished, that is afraid.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "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 gone ourselves."

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 gone ourselves.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet."

We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "We may still contrive to raise three cheers for democracy, although at present she only deserves two."

We may still contrive to raise three cheers for democracy, although at present she only deserves two.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Chicago - a facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade every type of dubiousness."

Chicago - a facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade every type of dubiousness.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch."

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "The past is devoid of meaning like the present, and a refuge for cowards."

The past is devoid of meaning like the present, and a refuge for cowards.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "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 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 Quotes: "The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch."

The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "He lived to near the things he loved to seem poetical."

He lived to near the things he loved to seem poetical.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "He had awoken too late for happiness, but not for strength, and could feel an austere joy, as of a warrior who is homeless but stands fully armed."

He had awoken too late for happiness, but not for strength, and could feel an austere joy, as of a warrior who is homeless but stands fully armed.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "He will work off his crudities in time. I rather mistrust young men who slip into life gracefully."

He will work off his crudities in time. I rather mistrust young men who slip into life gracefully.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art."

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul."

The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "…But so few of us think clearly about our own private incomes, and admit that independent thoughts are in nine cases out of ten the result of independent means."

…But so few of us think clearly about our own private incomes, and admit that independent thoughts are in nine cases out of ten the result of independent means.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "And Englishmen like posing as gods."

And Englishmen like posing as gods.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "I write in the morning, I walk in the afternoon and I read in the evening. It's a very easy, lovely life."

I write in the morning, I walk in the afternoon and I read in the evening. It's a very easy, lovely life.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "The historian records, but the novelist creates."

The historian records, but the novelist creates.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "It comes to this then: there always have been people like me and always will be, and generally they have been persecuted."

It comes to this then: there always have been people like me and always will be, and generally they have been persecuted.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Let us think of people as starting life with an experience they forget and ending it with one which they anticipate but cannot understand."

Let us think of people as starting life with an experience they forget and ending it with one which they anticipate but cannot understand.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "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 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 Quotes: "The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art."

The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Faith to my mind is a stiffening process a sort of mental starch."

Faith to my mind is a stiffening process a sort of mental starch.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Hardship is vanishing, but so is style, and the two are more closely connected than the present generation supposes."

Hardship is vanishing, but so is style, and the two are more closely connected than the present generation supposes.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Love is always being given where it is not required."

Love is always being given where it is not required.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "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."

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.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "And if insight were sufficient, if the inner life were the whole of life, their happiness has been assured."

And if insight were sufficient, if the inner life were the whole of life, their happiness has been assured.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Men were not gods after all, but as human and as clumsy as girls."

Men were not gods after all, but as human and as clumsy as girls.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?"

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?



E.M. Forster Quotes: "Ladies sheltering behind men, men sheltering behind servants - the whole system's wrong, and she must challenge it."

Ladies sheltering behind men, men sheltering behind servants - the whole system's wrong, and she must challenge it.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life."

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.



E.M. Forster Quotes: "There are different ways of evil and I prefer mine to yours."

There are different ways of evil and I prefer mine to yours.