Sunday, August 28, 2005

Great George Orwell quotes

Thanks to reddit I discovered the site BrainyQuotes.com. Here are some great quotes from George Orwell (about 5% of those on the linked site):

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.

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

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

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.

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.

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