我对奥威尔的偏爱自不待言，曾有译出“奥威尔全集”的宏愿，但是在读了他的早期小说《保持叶兰繁茂》(Keep the Aspidistra Flying)之后，这个宏愿有了动摇，因为总的说来，我不喜欢这本书。
奥威尔本人对这本书也有清醒的认识，认为是他在急需用钱时出的较差的小说：“我想我不能同意重印这本书，《牧师的女儿》也是，这两本都写得很糟糕，我宁愿让它们绝版。”但是奥威尔这个愿望并未实现，《保持叶兰繁茂》和《牧师的女儿》都一直再版，而且前书还拍成了电影，在美国换了个片名，叫《A Merry War》，还曾被评为年度“十大”呢。
Probably the greatest cruelty one can inflict on a chilid is to send it to school among children richer than itself.
Every intelligent boy of sixteen is a Socialist. At that age, one does not see the hook out of the rather stodgy bait.
You can possess money, or you can despise money; the one fatal thing is to worship money and fail to get it.
But if any survived they had grown rich and lost touch with their poor relations; for money is thicker than blood.
When you have no money your life is one long series of snubs.
The truth was that in every moment of his life he was apologising, tacitly, for the largeness of his income.
It is almost always a mistake to order a second bottle. It is like bathing for a second time on a summer day. However warm the day is, however much you have enjoyed your first bathe, you are always sorry for it if you go in a second time. The magic had departed from the wine. It seemed to foam and sparkle less, it was merely a clogging sourish liquid which you gulped down half in disgust and half in hopes of getting drunk quicker. Gordon was now definitely though secretly drunk. One half of him was drunk and the other half sober. He was beginning to have that peculiar blurred feeling, as though your features had swollen and your fingers grown thicker, which you have in the second stage of drunkenness. But the sober half of him was still in command to outward appearance, anyway. The conversation grew more and more tedious.
He didn’t want ever to work again; all he wanted was to sink, sink, effortless, down into the mud.
On the floor below there was woman with a baby which cried, cried everlastingly; also a young couple who used to have frightful quarrels and frightful reconciliations which you could hear all over the house.
Life had beaten him, but you can still beat life by turning your face away. Better to sink than rise. Down, down into the ghost-kingdom, the shadowy world where shame, effort, decency do not exist!