Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''One marvels why ... the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, ch. 5 (1934).
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  • ''Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, ch. 14 (1934).
  • ''Death destroys a man: the idea of Death saves him.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Helen Schlegel, in Howards End, ch. 27 (1927).
  • ''It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 5 (1910).
  • ''One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 19 (1910). Frieda Mosebach, after a line from Schiller.
  • ''No; truth, being alive, was not halfway between anything. It was only to be found by continuous excursions into either realm, and though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at the outset is to ensure sterility.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 23 (1910).
  • ''It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 4 (1910). Ernst Schlegel's pronouncement.
  • ''Oxford is—Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howard's End, ch. 12 (1910).
  • ''Railway termini ... are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howard's End, ch. 2 (1910).
  • ''We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howard's End, ch. 6 (1910).

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