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 :: 1879-1970, British Novelist, Essayist

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Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Skepticism]

 

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How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
~ Edward M. Forster - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Tolerance]

 

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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.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Trains]

 

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Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Vulgarity]

 

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We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Poverty and The Poor]

 

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Life -- No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Life and Living]

 

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Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?
~ Edward M. Forster - [Logic]

 

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The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard --it is absurd, unreal, dangerous. The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Love]

 

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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.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Materialism]

 

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Unless we remember we cannot understand.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Memory]

 

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The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Organization]

 

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Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Faith]

 

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The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Fiction]

 

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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.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Freedom of Speech]

 

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I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Greatness]

 

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The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
~ Edward M. Forster - [History and Historians]

 

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Ideas are fatal to caste.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Ideas]

 

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There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Creeds]

 

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Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.
~ Edward M. Forster - [Curiosity]

 

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