Friday, January 21, 2011

George Orwell

England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.  In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution . . . .

It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during "God Save The King" than of stealing from a poor box.

(From his 1941 essay, "The Lion and the Unicorn."  Orwell died on this date in 1950.)

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