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George Orwell

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  • In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.

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  • Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.

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  • If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?

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  • Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.

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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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  • For a creative writer possession of the \truth\" is less important than emotional sincerity."

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  • Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

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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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  • Liberal: a power worshipper without power.

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  • People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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  • Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

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  • War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.

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  • War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.

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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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  • Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

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  • Good writing is like a windowpane.

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  • Four legs good, two legs bad.

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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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  • I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.

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  • The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.

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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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  • So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

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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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  • Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

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  • Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

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  • Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

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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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  • Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

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  • Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

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  • As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

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