Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.
One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.
Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.
Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.
One does not say that a book ‘ought not to have been published' merely because it is a bad book. After all, acres of rubbish are printed daily and no one bothers.
Let us not pretend that we go into this war with clean hands. It is only while we cling to the consciousness that our hands are not clean that we retain the right to defend ourselves.