I mean that almost nobody seems to feel that an opponent deserves a fair hearing or that the objective truth matters so long as you can score a neat debating point.
Even when there was no doubt about the invitation he always half expected that there would be some hitch or other. He was never quite certain of his welcome.
For all I know, by the time this book is published my view of the Soviet régime may be the generally-accepted one. But what use would that be in itself? To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.
You could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred.
If a man cannot enjoy the return of spring, why should he be happy in a labour-saving Utopia?… I think that by retaining one's childhood love of such things as trees, fishes, butterflies and…toads, one makes a peaceful and decent future a little more probable.
Quite likely he would be in the cellars of the Ministry of Love within three days, but a cigarette end must not be wasted.