E.M. Forster

1879 - 1970

A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on faith and mind

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Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.

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 country, friendship, and hope

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on distrust, men, and pleasure

I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.

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 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 cities, dogs, guidance, and rules

There are only two rules. One is E. M. Forster's guide to Alexandria; the best way to know Alexandria is to wander aimlessly. The second is from the Psalms; grin like a dog and run about through the city.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: The Wit and Wisdom of the 20th Century, by Frank S. Pepper, 1987.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on heart and world

They go forth [into the world] with well-developed bodies, fairly developed minds and undeveloped hearts. An undeveloped heart - not a cold one. The difference is important.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: On British public school boys

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on corruption, men, men and women, study, and women

The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: A Room with a View, ch. 2, 1908.

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