E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970), known as E. M. Forster, was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years.

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Be soft even if you stand to get squashed.

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.

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

The English countryside its growth and its destruction is a genuine and tragic theme.

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

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.

Ideas are fatal to caste.

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.

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