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.
Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.
We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
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.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
Good writing is like a windowpane.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity.
Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.