People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
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