1. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
    ★ ★ ★ 175 pages
  2. The Animal Farm by George Orwell
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 122 pages
  1. It was no use hanging on to the English notion that you are safe so long as you keep the law. Practically the law was what the police chose to make it.
    George Orwell
  2. I had dropped more or less by chance into the only community of any size in Western Europe where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism were more normal than their opposites. Up here in Aragon one was among tens of thousands of people, mainly though not entirely of working-class origin, all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality. In theory it was perfect equality, and even in practice it was not far from it. There is a sense in which it would be true to say that one was experiencing a foretaste of Socialism, by which I mean that the prevailing mental atmosphere was that of Socialism. Many of the normal motives of civilized life – snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc – had simply ceased to exist.
    George Orwell
  3. The jails were places that could only be described as dungeons. In England you would have to go back to the eighteenth century to find anything comparable.
    George Orwell
  4. It is impossible to read through the reports in the Communist Press without realizing that they are consciously aimed at a public ignorant of the facts and have no other purpose than to work up prejudice.
    George Orwell
  5. It was queer how everything had changed. Only six month ago, when the Anarchists still reigned, it was looking like a proletarian that made you respectable.
    George Orwell
  6. When you have had a glimpse of such disaster as this – and however it ends the Spain war will turn out to gave been an appalling disaster, quite apart from the slaughter and physical suffering – the result is not necessarily disillusionment and cynicism. Curiously the whole experience had left me with not less but more belief in the decency of human beings.
    George Orwell
  7. I am well aware that it is now the fashion to deny that Socialism has anything to do with equality. In every country in the world a huge tribe of party-hacks and sleek little professors are busy “proving” that Socialism means no more than a planned state-capitalism with the grab-motive left intact. But fortunately there also exist a vision of Socialism quite different from this. The thing that attracts ordinary men to Socialism and makes them willing to risk their skins for it, the “mystique” of Socialism, is the idea of equality; to the vast majority of people Socialism means classless society, or it means nothing at all.
    George Orwell
  8. It is waste of time to be angry, but the stupid magnify of this kind of things does try one’s patience.
    George Orwell
  9. Evidently the official version of the Barcelona fighting was already fixed upon: it was to be represented as a “fifth column” Fascist rising engineered solely by the P.O.U.M.
    George Orwell
  10. The English newspapers gave it out that these ships were proceeding to Barcelona “to protect British interests.”
    George Orwell
  11. One had been in a community where hope was more normal than than apathy or cynicism, where the word “comrade” stood for comradeship and not, as in most countries, for humbug.
    George Orwell
  12. The thing that had happened in Spain was, in fact, not merely a civil war, but the beginning of a revolution. It is this fact that the anti-Fascist press outside of Spain has made it special business to obscure. The issue has been narrowed down to “Fascism versus democracy” and the revolutionary aspect concealed as much as possible. In England, where the Press is more centralized and the public is more easily deceived than elsewhere, only two versions of the Spanish war have had any publicity to speak of: the Right-wing version of Christian patriots versus Bolsheviks dripping with blood, and the Left-wing version of gentlemanly republicans quelling a military revolt. The central issue has been successfully covered up.
    George Orwell
  13. But so long as argument is produced except a scream of “Trotsky-Fascist!” the discussion cannot even begin.
    George Orwell
  14. The only unexpected feature in the Spanish situation – and outside Spain it has caused an immense amount of misunderstanding – is that among tge parties of the Government side the Communist stood not upon the extreme Left, but upon the extreme Right. In reality this should cause no surprise, because the tactics of the Communist Party elsewhere, especially in France, have made it clear that Official Communism must be regarded, at any rate for the time being, as an anti-revolutionary force. The whole of Comintern policy is now subordinated (excusably, considering the world situation) to the defense of U.S.S.R., which depends upon a system of military alliances. In particular, the U.S.S.R. is in alliance with France, a capitalist-imperialist country. The alliance is of little use to Russia unless French capitalism is strong, therefore Communist policy in France has got to be anti-revolutionary.
    George Orwell
  15. Benjamin was the only animal who did not side with either faction. He refused to believe either that food would become more plentiful or that the windmill would save work. Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on - that is, badly.
    George Orwell
  16. Bravery is not enough. Loyalty and obedience are more important… Discipline, comrades, iron discipline! That is the watch word for today. One false step, and our enemies would be upon us. Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?
    George Orwell
  17. All that year the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work; they grudged no effort or sacrifice, well aware that everything they did was for the benefit of themselves and those of their kind who would come after them, and not for a pack of idle, thieving human beings.
    George Orwell
  18. Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.
    George Orwell
  19. The one argued that if they could not defend themselves they were bound to be conquered, the other argued that if rebellions happened everywhere they would have no need to defend themselves.
    George Orwell
  20. I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon had made in taking extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more truly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?
    George Orwell
  21. Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and hey were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
    George Orwell