Homage to Catalonia

 
  • “Months earlier, when Sietamo was taken, the general commanding the Government troops had said gaily: ‘Tomorrow, we'll have coffee in Huesca.’ It turned out that he was mistaken. There had been bloody attacks, but the town did not fall, and ‘Tomorrow we’ll have coffee in Huesca’ had become a standing joke throughout the army.”
  • “Meanwhile nothing happened, nothing ever happened. The English had got into the habit of saying that this wasn't a war, it was a bloody pantomime.”
  • “The Communist’s emphasis is always on centralism and efficiency, the Anarchist’s on liberty and equality.”
  • “One of the dreariest effects of this war has has been to teach me that the Left-wing press is every bit as spurious and dishonest as that of the Right.”