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'A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.'

'A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.'

'Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.'

'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others'

'All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting'

'As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents'

'At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.'

'Big Brother is watching you.'

'Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.'

'During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act'

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

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

'Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility'

'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'

'For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity'

'Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.'

'Happiness can exist only in acceptance.'

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

'I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt'

'If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear'

'In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible'

'Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers'

'Liberal: a power worshipper without power.'

'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'

'Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell'

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

'No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer'

'No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy'

'On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time'

'One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.'

'One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship'

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

'Power is not a means, it is an end'

'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'

'Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing'

'Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent'

'Serious sport is war minus the shooting.'

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

'Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice'

'Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious'

'The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded'

'The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection'

'The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.'

'There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them'

'To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others'

'War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it'

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

'Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past'

'There are some things only intellectuals are crazy enough to believe'

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