Quote by George Orwell
They were governed by private loyalties which they did not question. What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself
This quote suggests that the individuals being referred to were guided by strong personal connections and allegiances, without questioning their loyalty. What held significance to them were their personal relationships, and even small acts of compassion and emotional support, such as an embrace, a tear, or a comforting word to someone on their deathbed, held inherent value. These gestures were seen as impactful and meaningful, irrespective of their practical outcomes or larger societal implications.
Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow. We dream all night of those mountain ridges in the horizon, though they may be of vapor only, which were last gilded by his rays.
The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days.