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.

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Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper

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The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim -- for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittenly conscious of anything outside their daily lives -- is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

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Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.

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A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature

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But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.

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