E.M. Forster

1879 - 1970

A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on evil, money, and temptation

One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, 1051.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on failure, fighting, men, power, success, and universe

Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Our Diversions: The Game of Life, 1919.

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on criticism, democracy, and variety

So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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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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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 creation and criticism

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think creation's.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on love, people, tolerance, and virtue

Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Two Cheers for Democracy, "Tolerance" (1951).

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on feeling, joy, schools, and sorrow

[The Englishman] has been taught at his public school that feeling is bad form. He must not express great joy or sorrow, or even open his mouth too wide when he talks - his pipe might fall out if he did.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: "Notes on the English Character" (first published 1920; repr. in Abinger Harvest, 1936)

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