Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun
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.
An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
The English are not happy unless they are miserable, the Irish are not at peace unless they are at war, and the Scots are not at home unless they are abroad.
Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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.
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.
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism
Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.
To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.