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Quotations From E.M. (EDWARD MORGAN) FORSTER

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  • 41.
    I am certainly an "ought" and not a "must."
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Originally from Forster's presidential address to the 1944 P.E.N. conference. Freedom of Expression, ed. Herman Ould, article I (1944).
  • 42.
    The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. England's Pleasant Land, introductory note (1940).
  • 43.
    The view from the Rocca (small gratuity) is finest at sunset.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).

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  • 44.
    Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Ed. by Philip Gardner (1985). Commonplace Book, 1926 section (1926).

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  • 45.
    For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed, even for the better.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).
  • 46.
    Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Culture and Freedom," pt. I (1940), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally part of an anti-Nazi radio broadcast.

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  • 47.
    I hated the idleness, the stupidity, the respectability, the petty unselfishness.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 5 (1905). Miss Abbott speaking of the town of Sawston.
  • 48.
    There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).

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  • 49.
    Gino is not ashamed of inconsistency. It is one of the many things I like him for.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 10 (1905). Philip Herriton's pronouncement.
  • 50.
    The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 1 (1927).
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