Sunday, June 24, 2007

Quotes by George Orwell

  • During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
  • Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
  • 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.
  • Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
  • Happiness can exist only in acceptance. [Very mindful/Buddhist of him.]
  • In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
  • (Mankind) is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
  • 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.
  • War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
  • When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. [I'd really like to believe this is true.]
More on George Orwell here.

I found these quotes on Brainy Quote. I'd like to re-read Animal Farm and 1984 . . . sometime this year, I hope.

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