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 :: 1903-1950, British Author, ''Animal Farm''

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One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.
~ George Orwell - [Sensitivity]

 

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But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
~ George Orwell - [Spirit and Spirituality]

 

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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.
~ George Orwell - [Sports]

 

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Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.
~ George Orwell - [Submission]

 

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Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
~ George Orwell - [Suffering]

 

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To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
~ George Orwell - [Survival]

 

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Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
~ George Orwell - [Technology]

 

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A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
~ George Orwell - [Tragedies]

 

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To say ''I accept'' in an age like our own is to say that you accept concentration-camps, rubber truncheons, Hitler, Stalin, bombs, aeroplanes, tinned food, machine guns, putsches, purges, slogans, Bedaux belts, gas-masks, submarines, spies, provocateurs, press-censorship, secret prisons, aspirins, Hollywood films and political murder.
~ George Orwell - [Twentieth Century]

 

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The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
~ George Orwell - [War]

 

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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 or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
~ George Orwell - [War]

 

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
~ George Orwell - [Past]

 

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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals.
~ George Orwell - [Perfection]

 

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Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
~ George Orwell - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
~ George Orwell - [Power]

 

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Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
~ George Orwell - [Power]

 

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Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.
~ George Orwell - [Progress]

 

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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.
~ George Orwell - [Radicals]

 

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Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
~ George Orwell - [Responsibility]

 

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Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.
~ George Orwell - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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