As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for socialism is its adherents.
Category: Communism And Socialism
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
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?
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Category: Critics And Criticism
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
Category: Dictators And Dictatorship
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
Category: Food And Eating
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals