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.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
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.
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