E.M. Forster

1879 - 1970

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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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on curiosity, life, memory, people, and stupidity

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. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Aspects of the Novel, ch. 5, "The Plot," 1927.

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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 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 books, influence, and path

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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