What did it mean? A stick sharpened at both ends. What was there in that?
("Lord of the Flies")
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Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.
We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.
Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state. If they are to be treated as anything but trivial exercises of the imagination. I suggest there is a simple test we can apply.... We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, demonstration, expostulation, approbation, condemnation. We have to say to ourselves, 'How would I myself live in this proposed society How long would it be before I went stark staring mad'
Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
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