Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Culture and Freedom," pt. I (1940), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally part of an anti-Nazi radio broadcast.
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  • ''For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed, even for the better.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).
  • ''There are occasions when I would rather feel like a fly than a spider.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "D.H. Lawrence," The Nation and the Athenaeum 47 (1930).
  • ''It was impossible to praise it as beautiful, but it was also impossible to damn it as quaint.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 2 (1905). Regarding a house in Monteriano.
  • ''The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. England's Pleasant Land, introductory note (1940).
  • ''The view from the Rocca (small gratuity) is finest at sunset.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).
  • ''Ulysses ... is a dogged attempt to cover the universe with mud, an inverted Victorianism, an attempt to make crossness and dirt succeed where sweetness and light failed, a simplification of the human character in the interests of Hell.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Fantasy," ch. 6, Aspects of the Novel (1927). Forster also called Ulysses "perhaps the most interesting literary experiment of our day."
  • ''I am certainly an "ought" and not a "must."''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Originally from Forster's presidential address to the 1944 P.E.N. conference. Freedom of Expression, ed. Herman Ould, article I (1944).
  • ''The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Gide and George," pt. II (1943), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, ch. 10 (1934).

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