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Brief author info: George Orwell (1903-1950) Pen name of Eric Blair. English novelist, essayist, critic.
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The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
The main motive for "non-attachment" is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work.
No one, at any rate no English writer, has written better about childhood than Dickens. In spite of all the knowledge that has accumulated since, in spite of the fact that children are now comparatively sanely treated, no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child's point of view.
Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.
A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things.
One of the effects of safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions seem somewhat disgusting.
If you ask any ordinary reader which of Dickens's proletarian characters he can remember, the three he is almost certain to mention are Bill Sykes, Sam Weller and Mrs. Gamp. A burglar, a valet and a drunken midwife-not exactly a representative cross-section of the English working class.
In its attitude towards Dickens the English public has always been a little like the elephant which feels a blow with a walking-stick as a delightful tickling.
The common people, on the whole, are still living in the world of absolute good and evil from which the intellectuals have long since escaped.
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