George Orwell quote about rules from 1984 - If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.
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If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.
 George Orwell, 1984 (1949). copy citation

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Author George Orwell
Source 1984
Topic rules revolution
Date 1949
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt

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“She spent an astonishing amount of time in attending lectures and demonstrations, distributing literature for the junior Anti-Sex League, preparing banners for Hate Week, making collections for the savings campaign, and such-like activities. It paid, she said, it was camouflage. If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones. She even induced Winston to mortgage yet another of his evenings by enrolling himself for the part-time munition work which was done voluntarily by zealous Party members. So, one evening every week, Winston spent fourhours of paralysing boredom, screwing together small bits of metal which were probably parts of bomb fuses, in a draughty, ill-lit workshop where the knocking of hammers mingled drearily withthe music of the telescreens.” source

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