A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
Roughly speaking, the more one pays for food, the more sweat and spittle one is obliged to eat with it.
The Spaniards are good at many things, but not at making war. All foreigners are alike appalled by their inefficiency, above all their maddening unpunctuality. The one word that no foreigner can avoid learning is mañana.
To think, to think, even with a split second left—to think was the only hope.
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
What is concerned here is not the morale of the masses, whose attitude is unimportant so long as they are kept steadily at work, but the morale of the Party itself.
I believe that on such an issue as this no one is or can be completely truthful. It is difficult to be certain about anything except what you have seen with your own eyes, and consciously or unconsciously everyone writes as a partisan.
It is the peculiar lowness of poverty that you discover first; the shifts that it puts you to, the complicated meanness, the crust-wiping.
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.