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Edward Morgan Forster
1879 - 1970

British novelist and poet, author of Room With a View (1908), Howard's End (1910) and A Passage to India


Hardship is vanishing, but so is style, and the two are more closely connected than the present generation supposes.

1951 - from Two Cheers for Democracy
... two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. Two cheers are quite enough: there is no occasion to give three.

1938 - from "What I Believe," later published in Two Cheers for Democracy
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 forsee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

1951 - from Two Cheers for Democracy