35 Inspirational E. M. Forster Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational E. M. Forster Quotes On Success

Edward Morgan Forster OM CH was an English fiction writer, essayist and librettist. Many of his novels examine class difference and hypocrisy, including A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). The last brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 separate years. Forster, born at 6 Melcombe Place, Dorset Square, London NW1, a building no longer standing, was the only child of the Anglo-Irish Alice Clara “Lily” (née Whichelo) and a Welsh architect, Edward Morgan Llewellyn Forster. He was registered as Henry Morgan Forster, but accidentally baptised Edward Morgan Forster. May these E. M. Forster Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Unless we remember we cannot understand.” E. M. Forster

2. “You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.” E. M. Forster

3. “Life never gives us what we want at the moment that we consider appropriate.” E. M. Forster

4. “When I think of what life is, and how seldom love is answered by love, it is one of the moments for which the world was made.” E. M. Forster

5. “It’s not what people do to you, but what they mean, that hurts.” E. M. Forster

6. “The historian records, but the novelist creates.” E. M. Forster

7. “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

8. “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

9. “Nonsense and beauty have close connections.” E. M. Forster

10. “I cannot help thinking that there is something to admire in everyone, even if you do not approve of them.” E. M. Forster

11. “Books have to be read it is the only way of discovering what they contain.” E. M. Forster

12. “When you come back you will not be you. And I may not be I.” E. M. Forster

13. “One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.” E. M. Forster

14. “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

15. “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

16. “Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.” E. M. Forster

17. “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things, because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” E. M. Forster

18. “There are shadows because there are hills.” E. M. Forster

19. “Love is a great force in private life, it is indeed the greatest of all things, but love in public affairs does not work.” E. M. Forster

20. “One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.” E. M. Forster

21. “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” E. M. Forster

22. “Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.” E. M. Forster

23. “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” E. M. Forster

24. “Though life is very glorious, it is difficult.” E. M. Forster

25. “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

26. “Life is a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.” E. M. Forster

27. “How can I know what I think till I see what I say?” E. M. Forster

28. “The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.” E. M. Forster

29. “What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.” E. M. Forster

30. “The emotions may be endless. The more we express them, the more we may have to express.” E. M. Forster

31. “It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” E. M. Forster

32. “You confuse what’s important with what’s impressive.” E. M. Forster

33. “You told me once that we shall be judged by our intentions, not by our accomplishments. I thought it a grand remark. But we must intend to accomplish – not sit intending on a chair.” E. M. Forster

34. “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” E. M. Forster

35. “Human relations are impossible. When they are real they are uncomfortable, and when they are comfortable they are unreal. It was for the journey into solitude that the human soul was created.” E. M. Forster

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