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E. M. Forster quotes

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.

The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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

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

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

Love is always being given where it is not required.

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

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

The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.

One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

History develops, art stands still.

Unless we remember we cannot understand.

Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish!

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

There is much good luck in the world, but it is luck. We are none of us safe. We are children, playing or quarrelling on the line.

The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself.

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