E.M. Forster

1879 - 1970

A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on aim, happiness, life, needs, and satisfaction

Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life, though one is right to aim at it. The true satisfaction is to come through, and see those whom one lives come through.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: letter, 1922, in Selected Letters, Vol. II (1921-1970)

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on ideas

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Ideas are fatal to caste.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: A Passage to India, pt. 1, ch. 7, 1924.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on books

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One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: "T. E. Lawrence," in "Abinger Harvest," 1936.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on anger and life

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Personal relations are the important thing for ever and ever, and not this outer life of telegrams and anger.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Howards End, 1910.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on adventure

Railway termini . . . are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Howards End, ch. 2, 1910.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on people

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I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Address to Pen Club Congress; in Monitor, by Huw Weldon, 1962.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster

How do I know what I think until I see what I say?

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on day, lies, and suffering

There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "What I Believe" (1951).

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on love, passion, and prose

Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Margaret Schlegel in Howards End, ch. 22, 1910.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on creativity and writers

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "Gide and George,” (1951).

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