Edward Forster

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Edward Forster

Edward Forster

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 got ourselves.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard --it is absurd, unreal, dangerous. The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ideas are fatal to caste.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Towns are excrescences, gray fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.More Edward Forster [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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