A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
George Orwell (1903 - 1950)
Contributed by: Zaady
On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Source: Politics and the English Language, (1946)
But the thing that I saw in your face No power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst Shatters the crystal spirit.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.
The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
Good writing is like a windowpane.
Big Brother is watching you.
Source: 1984, 1948
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
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