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We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

E.M. FORSTER, Two Cheers for Democracy

Adventures do occur, but not punctually.

E. M. FORSTER, A Passage to India

I don't think literature will be purged until its philosophic pretentiousness is extruded, and I shant live to see that purge, nor perhaps when it has happened will anything survive.

E. M. FORSTER, Commonplace Book

Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?

E. M. FORSTER, Aspects of the Novel

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. FORSTER, Howard's End

There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. FORSTER, A Room with a View

All a child's life depends on the ideal it has of its parents. Destroy that and everything goes -- morals, behavior, everything. Absolute trust in someone else is the essence of education.

E. M. FORSTER, Where Angels Fear to Tread

India knows of their trouble. She knows of the whole world's trouble, to its uttermost depth. She calls "Come" through her hundred mouths, through objects ridiculous and august. But come to what? She has never defined. She is not a promise, only an appeal.

E. M. FORSTER, A Passage to India

A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

E.M. FORSTER, Howard's End

I do not believe in Belief.

E.M. FORSTER, What I Believe

It is now only in letters I write what I feel: not in literature any more, and I seldom say it, because I keep trying to be amusing.

E. M. FORSTER, Commonplace Book

Was Mrs. Wilcox one of the unsatisfactory people--there are many of them--who dangle intimacy and then withdraw it? They evoke our interests and affections, and keep the life of the spirit dawdling around them. Then they withdraw. When physical passion is involved, there is a definite name for such behaviour--flirting--and if carried far enough, it is punishable by law.

E. M. FORSTER, Howards End


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