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"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."

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

"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 times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."

"The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor."

"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."

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it."

"War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent."

"War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses... too intelligent."

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

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

"On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time."

"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting."

"At 50, everyone has the face he deserves."

"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals."

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

"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."

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

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