Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
If your answer to every failure of government is more government, you are like an alcoholic trying to drink yourself sober.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people just exist.
Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
You can read motivational sayings all day. It won’t replace getting off your butt and doing hard work.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for a thousand years. To read is to voyage through time.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be or reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one… Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance… In 1984 people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.