Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER

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  • 31.
    Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 7 (1908). Charlotte Bartlett describing George Emerson's view.
  • 32.
    An epic of worry rather than of high tragedy.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Prince's Tale," The Spectator 204 (1960). From a review of Lampedusa's The Leopard.

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  • 33.
    It is so difficult—at least, I find it difficult—to understand people who speak the truth.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 1 (1908). The Reverend Arthur Beebe.

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  • 34.
    Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Plot," ch. 5, Aspects of the Novel (1927).

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  • 35.
    The country is not paradise, and can show the vices that grieve a good man everywhere. But there is room in it, and leisure.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, ch. 33 (1907).
  • 36.
    Nothing was explained, and yet there was no romance.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. II, ch. 14 (1924).

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  • 37.
    But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 8 (1924).
  • 38.
    You want to love everyone equally, and that's worse than impossible—it's wrong.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 2 (1907). Ansell speaking to Rickie.

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  • 39.
    Towns are ... excrescences, grey fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, ch. 33 (1907).

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  • 40.
    I'm a holy man minus the holiness.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 11 (1924). Cyril Fielding's self-characterization.
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