This is a quote from the book "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
...ealer’s lists of figures, which invariably demonstrated that everything was getting better and better. The animals found the problem insoluble; in any case, they had little time for speculating on suc h things now. Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse — hunger, hardship, and disappoi ntment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.

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