Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''Panic and emptiness! Panic and emptiness!''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Howards End, ch. 5 (1910).
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  • ''America is rather like life. You can usually find in it what you look for.... It will probably be interesting, and it is sure to be large.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. repr. In Two Cheers for Democracy, "The United States" (1951). "Impressions of the United States," Listener (London, Sept. 4, 1947).
  • ''One's favorite book is as elusive as one's favorite pudding.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "In My Library," pt. II (1949), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Margaret Schlegel, in Howard's End, ch. 7 (1910).
  • ''I believe we shall come to care about people less and less.... The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Margaret Shlegel, in Howard's End, ch. 15 (1910).
  • ''Only a struggle twists sentimentality and lust together into love.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 42 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.
  • ''England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 41 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.
  • ''Not only in sex, but in all things men have moved blindly, have evolved out of slime to dissolve into it when this accident of consequences is over.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 22 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.
  • ''But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Maurice, ch. 24 (1971). Completed 1914, revised later.
  • ''The so called white races are really pinko-grey.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Mr. Fielding, in A Passage to India, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1924). This aside caused scandal at Fielding's Anglo-Indian club.

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