Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER

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  • 1.
    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.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. repr. In Two Cheers for Democracy, "The United States" (1951). "Impressions of the United States," Listener (London, Sept. 4, 1947).

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  • 2.
    One's favorite book is as elusive as one's favorite pudding.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "In My Library," pt. II (1949), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • 3.
    Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Margaret Schlegel, in Howard's End, ch. 7 (1910).

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  • 4.
    Panic and emptiness! Panic and emptiness!
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 5 (1910).
  • 5.
    Oxford is—Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howard's End, ch. 12 (1910).

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  • 6.
    Railway termini ... are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howard's End, ch. 2 (1910).

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  • 7.
    It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 4 (1910). Ernst Schlegel's pronouncement.
  • 8.
    One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 19 (1910). Frieda Mosebach, after a line from Schiller.

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  • 9.
    The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Gide and George," pt. II (1943), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • 10.
    Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, ch. 10 (1934).

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