Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER

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  • 11.
    One marvels why ... the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, ch. 5 (1934).

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  • 12.
    I believe we shall come to care about people less and less.... The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Margaret Shlegel, in Howard's End, ch. 15 (1910).

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  • 13.
    England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 41 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.

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  • 14.
    Only a struggle twists sentimentality and lust together into love.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 42 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.

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  • 15.
    But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 24 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.
  • 16.
    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.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "A Book That Influenced Me," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • 17.
    I belong to the fag-end of Victorian liberalism, and can look back to an age whose challenges were moderate in their tone, and the cloud on whose horizon was no bigger than a man's hand.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Challenge of Our Time," pt. I (1946), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally from a radio broadcast.
  • 18.
    The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects Man can't touch.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Last of Abinger," pt. II (1946), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).

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  • 19.
    No one is India.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 7 (1924).
  • 20.
    One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Last Parade," pt. I (1937), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).

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