"The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."E. M. Forster on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."E. M. Forster on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."E. M. Forster on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."E. M. Forster on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."E. M. Forster on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"History develops, art stands still."
"The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art."
"The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists."
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