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We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.


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

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


         
Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.

Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.


         
If human equality is to be for ever averted — if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently — then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.

If human equality is to be for ever averted — if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently — then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.


         
Big Brother is watching you.

Big Brother is watching you.


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

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


         
If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.


         
At night all cats are grey.

At night all cats are grey.


         
Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.


         
It is only when you meet someoneof a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your ownbeliefs really are.

It is only when you meet someoneof a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your ownbeliefs really are.


         
Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same.

Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same.


         
Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?

Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?


         
It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your own beliefs really are.

It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your own beliefs really are.


         
I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.

I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.


         
Truth is a matter of PerspectiveThere will be my truth and your truth and as Universal truth doesn't exist.

Truth is a matter of PerspectiveThere will be my truth and your truth and as Universal truth doesn't exist.


         
And after that, you don't feel the same toward the other person any longer.

And after that, you don't feel the same toward the other person any longer.


         
Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings.

Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings.


         
We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf"--Opening to "My Father's Son, " attributed to George Orwell

We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf"--Opening to "My Father's Son, " attributed to George Orwell


         
Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.

Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.


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

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