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.
E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)
Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "A Book That Influenced Me," 1951.
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The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.
Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "What I Believe" (1951).
America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for. It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.
Source: "Impressions of the United States," in Listener, London, 4 Sept. 1947
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.
Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "A Book That Influenced Me" (1951).
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.
Source: Art for Art's Sake.
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due - she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
Source: Aspects of the Novel, ch. 5, 1927.
Books have to be read. 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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