Edward Morgan Forster Quotes

"The king died and then the queen died" is a story. "The king died, and then queen died of grief" is a plot.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 5 (1927).
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.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 1 (1927).
My law-givers are Erasmus and Montaigne, not Moses and St Paul.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). In another essay in the collection, "Gide and George," Forster wrote: "A humanist has four leading characteristics—curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race."
History develops, art stands still.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 9 (1927).
The strong are so stupid.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "What I Believe," pt. II (1939), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6 (1905).
Gino is not ashamed of inconsistency. It is one of the many things I like him for.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 10 (1905). Philip Herriton's pronouncement.
I hated the idleness, the stupidity, the respectability, the petty unselfishness.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 5 (1905). Miss Abbott speaking of the town of Sawston.
Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Ed. by Philip Gardner (1985). Commonplace Book, 1926 section (1926).