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The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man
again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
George Orwell

Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.
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When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
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Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
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War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going
to profit from it.
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On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.
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The best books are those that tell you what you know already.
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Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some
improvement by starting at the verbal end.
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Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy,
boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other
words: It is war minus the shooting.
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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
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The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding
of their history.
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The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his
personality, and even then not all the time.
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Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or
eight onwards.
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Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give
an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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And now abideth faith, hope, money, these three; but the greatest of these is money.
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Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else
follows.
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What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your
arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
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Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive,
pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is
pro-Nazi.
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If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed,
I would certainly put Gulliver's Travels among them.
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A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to
describing England in a phrase.
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Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.
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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
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There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always
one side stands more of less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
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Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
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Liberal: A power worshipper without power.
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In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues,
and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
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One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to
assume that the child feels any love in return.
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England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own
nationality.
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Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.
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Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil
which is independent of heaven and hell.
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At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
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Nearly all creators of Utopia have resembled the man who has toothache, and therefore
thinks happiness consists in not having toothache. Whoever tries to imagine perfection simply
reveals his own emptiness.
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Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
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Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
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