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E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster
(1879 - 1970)
English novelist & critic.
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Chicago - a facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade every type of dubiousness.
In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art.
An efficiency-regime cannot be run without a few heroes stuck about it to carry off the dullness - much as plums have to be put into a bad pudding to make it palatable.
- E. M. Forster | Heroes and Heroism Quotes
It is pleasant to be transferred from an office where one is afraid of a sergeant-major into an office where one can intimidate generals, and perhaps this is why history is so attractive to the more timid among us.
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.
How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
- E. M. Forster | Writers and Writing Quotes
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.
- E. M. Forster | Faith and Unity Quotes
Failure and 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.
- E. M. Forster | Luck Quotes


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