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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.

George Orwell in Thinking, Past, Political

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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.

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

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

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

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We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

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

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If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

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

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Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

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

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

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It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one

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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

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