If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
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.
Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
Category: Politicians And Politics
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.
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.
Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
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.
Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries
Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.
Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
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.
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
Category: Spirit And Spirituality