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I consider that willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty.
George Orwell

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does
not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits.
Yet he is lord of all the animals.
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Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.
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It is difficult to see how Gandhi's methods could be applied in a country where opponents of
the regime disappear in the middle of the night and are never heard of again. Without a free
press and the right of assembly, it is impossible not merely to appeal to outside opinion, but
to bring a mass movement into being, or even to make your intentions known to your
adversary.
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We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of
intelligent men.
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One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
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Living a lie the whole time - the lie that we're here to uplift our poor black brothers instead of
to rob them… it corrupts us, it corrupts us in ways you can't imagine.
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Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of
self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
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All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
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Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are
cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of
the citizen.
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Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
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If you have no money, men won't care for you, women won't love you; won't, that is, care for
you or love you the last little bit that matters.
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The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of
human labor.
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All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people
who are not fighting.
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For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
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To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity
of civilization.
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It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface
one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.
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But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
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The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two
evils.
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A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position,
has to be thought of as infallible.
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The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
George Orwell

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