E.M. Forster

1879 - 1970

A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on joy, life, and preparation

Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Margaret Schlegel in Howards End, ch. 7, 1910.

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

Unless we remember we cannot understand.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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

Spoon-feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on careers, mountains, preparation, strength, and success

The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Howards End, ch. 12, 1910.

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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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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on country, friendship, hope, and ideas

I hate the idea of causes, and 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 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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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on affection, friendship, and novelty

The final test for 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. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Aspects of the Novel, "Introductory," 1927.

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

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: "Impressions of the United States," in Listener, London, 4 Sept. 1947

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

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of Man.

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Howard’s End, 1910

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