E. M. Forster
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"Edward Morgan Forster" Order of Merit/OM, Order of the Companions of Honour/CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanism/humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph (literature)/epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect ... ". His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India/A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success.

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I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.

But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.

The crime of suicide lies in its disregard for the feelings of those whom we leave behind.

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.

The armour of falsehood is subtly wrought out of darkness, and hides a man not only from others, but from his own soul.

Pathos, piety, courage, — they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.

Have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time - beautiful?

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 own particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

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

Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.

How do I know what I have to say wntil I see what I have said?

Nonsense and beauty have close connections.

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.

Unless we remember we cannot understand.

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

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

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

I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.

At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes.