Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths; it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Art for Art's Sake" (def. of art), pt. II (1949), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally an address delivered at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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  • ''One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," pt. II (1939), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 3 (1927).
  • ''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. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 2 (1927).
  • ''The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''We may divide characters into flat and round.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 4 (1927).
  • ''Yes—oh, dear, yes—the novel tells a story.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 2 (1927).
  • ''Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Forster thought two cheers "quite enough: there is no occasion to give three." The third he reserved for the Republic of Love.
  • ''Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).

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