Quotes by E.M. Forster

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Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.
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Books have to be read: worse luck it takes so long a time. It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West.
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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
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I suggest that 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.
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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.
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A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
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