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“How can I know what I think till I see what I say?”

The quote in the title of this post is from E. M. Forster—English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.

Many people know of him “due to the…film adaptations of his work. Titles by Forster that are immortalized not only on the page but also on film include A Passage to India (1984), A Room with a View (1986), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991), and Howards End (1991).”

That last quote is from a biographical sketch of Forster on GradeSaver—the bottom of the page has study guides for some of his books

Here are a few other quotes from the man:

“A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. ”

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

“One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.”

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

Here’s Forster’s Amazon Page.

And, here’s a video :-)

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