It is a mistake to think that books have come to stay. The human race did without them for thousands of years and may decide to do without them again.
Quote by E M Forster
Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's.
Ideas are fatal to caste.
The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.
For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are...
The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to...
History develops, art stands still.
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which...
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.
I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a...
Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.
I'm a holy man minus the holiness.
Reverence is fatal to literature.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear...
The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and...
Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land.
Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.
Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must...
Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in...
The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society...