It is altogether curious, your first contact with poverty. You have thought so much about poverty—it is the thing you have feared all your life, the thing you knew would happen to you sooner or later; and it is all so utterly and prosaically different. — George Orwell (via strandedstmarkscitylights)
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming, and lies, and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. — George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (via charlatansandcynics)
There are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all. — George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (via brunetteonbrunette)

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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one’s love upon other human individuals. No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid. — George Orwell, Reflections on Ghandi, 1949 (via wehaveallgotknives)

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kasume:

 George Orwell.
(Seudónimo de Eric Blair; Motihari, India, 1903 - Londres, 1950) Escritor, ensayista y periodista inglés, George Orwell es uno de los más conocidos autores del siglo XX, autor de grandes alegatos contra el totalitarismo en cualquiera de sus versiones. Orwell pasó a la historia de la literatura universal gracias a obras como 1984 oRebelión en la Granja, novelas que hoy en día todavía mantienen su fuerza original.

kasume:

 George Orwell.

(Seudónimo de Eric Blair; Motihari, India, 1903 - Londres, 1950) Escritor, ensayista y periodista inglés, George Orwell es uno de los más conocidos autores del siglo XX, autor de grandes alegatos contra el totalitarismo en cualquiera de sus versiones. Orwell pasó a la historia de la literatura universal gracias a obras como 1984 oRebelión en la Granja, novelas que hoy en día todavía mantienen su fuerza original.

Then the question arises, Why are beggars despised? - for they are despised, universally. I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living. In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable. In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except ‘Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it’? Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised. — Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell (via timeislaundry)