The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 January 2006

Golden slumbers

George Orwell may or may not have said "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." (It sounds like Orwell, but it hasn't turned up in his known writings.)

Gagdad Bob provides a corollary:

"Evil people sleep peaceably in their beds at night because tenured wackademics and left-wing media sheep stand ready to make excuses on their behalf."

Bob, to his credit, doesn't mention Orwell.

Posted at 8:02 AM to Almost Yogurt

People of good conscience sleep peaceably in their beds at night because they have spoken the truth, regardless of who agrees with them.

Posted by: Matt at 11:45 AM on 23 January 2006

Having one's conscience at ease doesn't guarantee even a passing acquaintance with the truth.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:13 PM on 23 January 2006

Orwell did say it. I have his collected writings, and it's in there.

I'm NOT going to look it up, because I'm basically lazy, but I believe it is in an article about Rudyard Kipling.

Posted by: miriam at 9:32 PM on 23 January 2006

If it weren't that it would invoke Godwin's Law, I might observe that I rather doubt Josef Goebbels suffered much from insomnia.

But it would, so I won't.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:40 AM on 24 January 2006