"A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."E. M. Forster on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."E. M. Forster on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."E. M. Forster on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."E. M. Forster on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."E. M. Forster on Robert Frost
"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."