Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''He neglects to come.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 7 (1924). Professor Godbole on Krishna.
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  • ''No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 10 (1907). Emily Failing speaking to Rickie.
  • ''We must exclude someone from our gathering, or we shall be left with nothing.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. I, ch. 4 (1924).
  • ''Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Long Run," The New Statesman and Nation 16 (1938).
  • ''It is so difficult—at least, I find it difficult—to understand people who speak the truth.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 1 (1908). The Reverend Arthur Beebe.
  • ''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. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Plot," ch. 5, Aspects of the Novel (1927).
  • ''Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 7 (1908). Charlotte Bartlett describing George Emerson's view.
  • ''An epic of worry rather than of high tragedy.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Prince's Tale," The Spectator 204 (1960). From a review of Lampedusa's The Leopard.
  • ''The sadness of the incomplete—the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 11 (1908).
  • ''The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Raison d'tre of Criticism in the Arts," pt. II (1947), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally from an address on music at Harvard University.

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