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Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER

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  • 91.
    India's a muddle.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 7 (1924). Cyril Fielding's opinion.
  • 92.
    Nonsense and beauty have close connections—closer connections than Art will allow.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 12 (1907). Mr. Failing's view.

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  • 93.
    Hope, politeness, the blowing of a nose, the squeak of a boot, all produce "boum."
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. II, ch. 14 (1924). Description of the echo in the Marabar Caves.

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  • 94.
    He valued emotion—not for itself, but because it is the only final path to intimacy.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. II, ch. 18 (1907). Rickie's credo.
  • 95.
    Paganism is infectious—more infectious than diphtheria or piety....
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 15 (1908).
  • 96.
    Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Tolerance," pt. I (1941), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • 97.
    The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Tolerance," pt. I (1941), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).

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  • 98.
    Why does the soul always require a machine-gun?
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What Has Germany Done to the Germans?" pt. I (1940), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally part of an anti-Nazi radio broadcast.
  • 99.
    She loved Cecil; George made her nervous; will the reader explain to her that the phrases should have been reversed?
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 14 (1908).
  • 100.
    Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).

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