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E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

image Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect."

"I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave."

        — as a small child

"One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life."
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