Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Mrs. Plynlimmon, in Howard's End, ch. 26 (1910).
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  • ''Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. repr. In Abinger Harvest (1927). "My Wood," (1926).
  • ''English literature is a flying fish.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Notes on the English Character," pt. I (1920), in Abinger Harvest (1936).
  • ''Solidity, caution, integrity, efficiency. Lack of imagination, hypocrisy. These qualities characterize the middle classes in every country, but in England they are national characteristics.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Notes on the English Character," pt. I (1920), in Abinger Harvest (1936).
  • ''Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Pharos and Pharillon, "The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy," in the Pharillon section (1923).
  • ''For you cannot have gentility without paying for it.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Pharos and Pharillon, "Between the Sun and the Moon," in the Pharillon section (1923).
  • ''Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Philip Herriton, in Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 1 (1905). This advice to Philip's sister-in-law Lilia was taken literally by her: his real views emerged when she decided to marry an Italian.
  • ''I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Address to PEN Club Congress. Quoted in Huw Weldon, Monitor (1962).
  • ''Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Quoted in Observer (London, October 7, 1951).
  • ''How few writers can prostitute all their powers!''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Ronald Firbank," pt. II (1929), in Abinger Harvest (1936).

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