Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''He had robbed the body of its taint, the world's taunts of their sting; he had shown her the holiness of direct desire.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 19 (1908).
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  • ''I never could get on with representative individuals—but people who existed on their own account and with whom it might therefore be possible to be friends.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The United States," pt. II (1947), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
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  • ''But after all, what have we to do with taverns? Real menace belongs to the drawing-room.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 7 (1908).
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  • ''The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Tolerance," pt. I (1941), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
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  • ''Paganism is infectious—more infectious than diphtheria or piety....''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 15 (1908).
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  • ''Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Tolerance," pt. I (1941), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
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  • ''Neither the Ages of Faith nor the Age of Doubt had touched him; he was Phaethon in Tuscany driving a cab.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 6 (1908).
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  • ''Lord I disbelieve—help thou my unbelief.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Two Cheers for Democracy, "What I Believe," (1951). A reference to Bible New Testament, Mark 9:24, "Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief."
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  • ''It is easy to face Death and Fate, and the things that sound so dreadful. It is on my muddles that I look back with horror—on the things that I might have avoided.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 19 (1908). Mr. Emerson.
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  • ''Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Two Cheers for Democracy, "Gide and George," (1951).
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