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Edward Morgan Forster

Data de nascimento: 1. Janeiro 1879
Data de falecimento: 7. Junho 1970
Outros nomes: Е. М. Форстер

Edward Morgan Forster, OM, CH, mais conhecido por E. M. Forster, foi um romancista britânico.

Obras

Howards End
Edward Morgan Forster
The Life to Come
Edward Morgan Forster

Citações Edward Morgan Forster

„A morte destrói um homem: a ideia da morte salva-o.“

—  Edward Morgan Forster, livro Howards End

Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him
Howards End (1910), Chapter 27

„Obras de arte, na minha opinião, são os únicos objetos no mundo material que possuem ordem interna e isso porque, apesar de não acreditar que só a arte importa, acredito que a arte vale à pena pela arte.“

—  Edward Morgan Forster

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.
"Two cheers for democracy‎" - Volume 11, Página 95, Edward Morgan Forster - Harcourt, Brace, 1951 - 363 páginas

„Poderia ter sido um escritor mais famoso se tivesse escrito e publicado mais, mas o sexo não permitiu esta última“

—  Edward Morgan Forster, livro The Life to Come

I should have been a more famous writer if I had written or rather published more, but sex has prevented the latter.
"The Life to Come: And Other Stories‎" - Página xiv, de E. M. Forster - Norton, 1987, ISBN 0393304426, 9780393304428 - 240 páginas

„I believe in teaching people to be individuals, and to understand other individuals.“

—  E.M. Forster, livro A Passage to India

Fonte: A Passage to India

„I believe in aristocracy, though — if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet.“

—  E.M. Forster

What I Believe (1938)
Contexto: I believe in aristocracy, though — if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet. They represent the true human tradition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos. Thousands of them perish in obscurity, a few are great names. They are sensitive for others as well as for themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but the power to endure, and they can take a joke.

„You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know from experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.“

—  E.M. Forster, livro A Room with a View

Fonte: A Room with a View (1908), Ch. 19
Contexto: It isn’t possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know from experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.

„How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?“

—  E.M. Forster, livro Aspects of the Novel

Fonte: Aspects of the Novel (1927), Chapter Five: The Plot

„A mirror does not develop because an historical pageant passes in front of it. It only develops when it gets a fresh coat of quicksilver“

—  E.M. Forster, livro Aspects of the Novel

in other words, when it acquires new sensitiveness; and the novel's success lies in its own sensitiveness, not in the success of its subject matter.
Fonte: Aspects of the Novel (1927), Chapter One: Introductory

„I haven't made my point yet, which is that it is right to be kind and even sacrifice ourselves to people who need kindness and lie in our way — otherwise, besides failing to help them, we run into the aridity of self-development.“

—  E.M. Forster

Fonte: Commonplace Book (1985), p. 243 (1963)
Contexto: I haven't made my point yet, which is that it is right to be kind and even sacrifice ourselves to people who need kindness and lie in our way — otherwise, besides failing to help them, we run into the aridity of self-development. To seek for recipients of one's goodness, to play the Potted Jesus leads to the contrary the Christian danger.

„You are quite right; life to me is just a spectacle, which — thank God, and thank Italy, and thank you — is now more beautiful and heartening than it has ever been before.“

—  E.M. Forster, livro Where Angels Fear to Tread

Fonte: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), Ch. 8
Contexto: I never expect anything to happen now, and so I am never disappointed. You would be surprised to know what my great events are. Going to the theatre yesterday, talking to you now — I don't suppose I shall ever meet anything greater. I seem fated to pass through the world without colliding with it or moving it — and I'm sure I can't tell you whether the fate's good or evil. I don't die — I don't fall in love. And if other people die or fall in love they always do it when I'm just not there. You are quite right; life to me is just a spectacle, which — thank God, and thank Italy, and thank you — is now more beautiful and heartening than it has ever been before.

„With this type of person knocking about, and constantly crossing one's path if one has eyes to see or hands to feel, the experiment of earthly life cannot be dismissed as a failure.“

—  E.M. Forster

What I Believe (1938)
Contexto: On they go — an invincible army, yet not a victorious one. The aristocrats, the elect, the chosen, the Best People — all the words that describe them are false, and all attempts to organize them fail. Again and again Authority, seeing their value, has tried to net them and to utilize them as the Egyptian Priesthood or the Christian Church or the Chinese Civil Service or the Group Movement, or some other worthy stunt. But they slip through the net and are gone; when the door is shut, they are no longer in the room; their temple, as one of them remarked, is the holiness of the Heart's affections, and their kingdom, though they never possess it, is the wide-open world.
With this type of person knocking about, and constantly crossing one's path if one has eyes to see or hands to feel, the experiment of earthly life cannot be dismissed as a failure. But it may well be hailed as a tragedy, the tragedy being that no device has been found by which these private decencies can be transmitted to public affairs. As soon as people have power they go crooked and sometimes dotty as well, because the possession of power lifts them into a region where normal honesty never pays.

„The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere.“

—  E.M. Forster

What I Believe (1938)
Contexto: Democracy is not a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the bossers and the bossed — as an efficiency-regime tends to do. The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere. They found religions, great or small, or they produce literature and art, or they do disinterested scientific research, or they may be what is called "ordinary people", who are creative in their private lives, bring up their children decently, for instance, or help their neighbours. All these people need to express themselves; they cannot do so unless society allows them liberty to do so, and the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy.

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