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George Orwell Quotes and Sayings
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The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Related topics: Wisdom Life

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot
stamping on a human face -
forever.
- George Orwell

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We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of
the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
- George Orwell

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier
weapon than the machine-gun.
- George Orwell


 

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from
human beings than it will get in practice.
- George Orwell

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.
It is bound up with hatred, jealousy,
boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence.
In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
- George Orwell

War is a way of shattering to pieces...
materials which might otherwise be used to make the
masses too comfortable and...
too intelligent.
- George Orwell

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
- George Orwell

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
- George Orwell

In our time political speech and writing are largely
the defense of the indefensible.
- George Orwell

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
- George Orwell

Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton,
but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
- George Orwell

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement
for Socialism is its adherents.
- George Orwell

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
- George Orwell

War against a foreign country only happens when the
moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
- George Orwell

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems
to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
- George Orwell

I'm fat, but I'm thin inside...
there's a thin man inside every fat man.
- George Orwell

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory
beliefs in one's mind simultaneously,
and accepting both of them.
- George Orwell

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man,
but only in certain sections of his personality,
and even then not all the time.
- George Orwell

Power is not a means, it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
- George Orwell

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
- George Orwell

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
- George Orwell

At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
- George Orwell

No one can look back on his schooldays and say with
truth that they were altogether unhappy.
- George Orwell

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults,
in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards,
and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
- George Orwell

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
- George Orwell

To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight
you have to dirty yourself.
- George Orwell

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the
restatement of the obvious.
- George Orwell

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred,
and always stronger than internationalism.
- George Orwell

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners,
no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
- George Orwell

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only
because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
- George Orwell

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not
so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
- George Orwell

One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult,
but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
- George Orwell

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent
than the one that went before it,
and wiser than the one that comes after it.
- George Orwell

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or
can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
- George Orwell

Progress is not an illusion, it happens,
but it is slow and invariably disappointing.
- George Orwell

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.'
All issues are political issues,
and politics itself is a mass of lies,
evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
- George Orwell

Big Brother is watching you.
- George Orwell

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it
does not mean loving some people more than others.
- George Orwell

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
- George Orwell

Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania
had always been at war with Eurasia.
- George Orwell

The best books...
are those that tell you what you know already.
- George Orwell

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
- George Orwell

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that
the object of life is happiness.
- George Orwell

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.
Lies will pass into history.
- George Orwell

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language...
one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
- George Orwell

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose,
and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel,
the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
- George Orwell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
- George Orwell

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
- George Orwell

War is war.
The only good human being is a dead one.
- George Orwell

For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is
less important than emotional sincerity.
- George Orwell

When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
- George Orwell

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
- George Orwell

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives,
but on balance life is suffering, and only the very
young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
- George Orwell

Good writing is like a windowpane.
- George Orwell

Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie...
a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
- George Orwell

The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.
- George Orwell

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints,
and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire
to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
- George Orwell

Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
- George Orwell

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless
he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
- George Orwell

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does
not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler
than the forces which destroy him.
- George Orwell

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities
committed by his own side,
but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
- George Orwell

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead,
trying to kill me.
- George Orwell

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories,
the police are prowling through the cities,
the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers,
but the earth is still going round the sun.
- George Orwell

Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.
- George Orwell

The essential act of war is destruction,
not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
- George Orwell


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