Sympathizers and apologists are first to be sent to the camps. Intransigent opponents are left at large for a while, as a sign of the liberality of the regime and a reminder that stricter measures will be required.
Stupidity is the only subject that one understands less with more personal experience.
When the numbers don’t come out as you would like, the first resort is to change the way you count; the second is to stop counting.
Compared with virtue, all vice is harmless.
Madness is a pandemic which spreads without physical contact, to which all ages are susceptible, and for which the threshold of herd immunity is 100%.
The distinguished Soviet geneticist Vavilov was unpersoned for refusing to reject heredity in favor of the neo-Lamarckism championed by Lysenko and Stalin, and I feel fortunate to live in a country where nothing like that could ever happen.
To treat such doctrines as pacifism and communism as errors is itself an error. One does not argue with pipe dreams, or refute impossibilities.
Competitions in oppression produce, by definition, sore winners.
Everyone has something to teach us; it is usually the valuable lesson that we need pay him no further mind.
We need not search for facts that confirm our opinions: all facts confirm our opinions.