Learn More

Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER


» More about E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster on Poemhunter

 

  • Pan had been amongst them—not the great god Pan, who has been buried these two thousand years, but the little god Pan, who presides over social contretemps and unsuccessful picnics.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 7 (1908).

    Read more quotations about / on: god
  • They dealt with so much and they had experienced so little.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 6 (1907). Description of Cambridge men.
  • The sadness of the incomplete—the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 11 (1908).

    Read more quotations about / on: life
  • The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Raison d'tre of Criticism in the Arts," pt. II (1947), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally from an address on music at Harvard University.

    Read more quotations about / on: perfect, work
  • For you cannot have gentility without paying for it.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Pharos and Pharillon, "Between the Sun and the Moon," in the Pharillon section (1923).
  • Chicago—is—oh well a façade of skyscrapers facing a lake, and behind the façade every type of dubiousness.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, June 5, 1947. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 2, eds. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (1985).

    Read more quotations about / on: chicago
  • Life.—No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. closing lines of letter, May 3, 1928, to soldier and scholar T.E. Lawrence.

    Read more quotations about / on: life
  • But why I cry out against Rubens is because he painted undressed people instead of naked ones.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. letter, Sept. 17, 1902, to Edward Joseph Dent. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 1, eds. Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (1983).

    Read more quotations about / on: people
  • Belfast ... as uncivilised as ever—savage black mothers in houses of dark red brick, friendly manufacturers too drunk to entertain you when you arrive. It amuses me till I get tired.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, May 3, 1928, to T.E. Lawrence. From private collection.

    Read more quotations about / on: red, dark, black
  • It is devilish difficult to criticise society & also create human beings.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. letter, Nov. 12, 1910, to Edward Garnett. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 1, eds. Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (1983).
[Hata Bildir]