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George Orwell Quotes

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George Orwell is one of the most famous D of his time. He is perhaps best known for his controversial novel, 1984, a dystopian tale in which language and truth is corrupted. He also wrote Animal Farm, an anti-Soviet fable where the animals revolt against the humans. Here are a few quotes from George Orwell.
  • "A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion."
    - 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

  • "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

  • "Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."
    - George Orwell

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

  • "All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
    - George Orwell

  • "All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."
    - George Orwell

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

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

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

  • "Big Brother is watching you."
    - George Orwell

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

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

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

  • "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
    - 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

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

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

  • "Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac."
    - George Orwell

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

  • "Four legs good, two legs bad."
    - George Orwell

  • "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
    - George Orwell

  • "Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
    - George Orwell

  • "Good writing is like a windowpane."
    - George Orwell

  • "Happiness can exist only in acceptance."
    - George Orwell

  • "He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him."
    - George Orwell

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

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

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

  • "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
    - George Orwell

  • "If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?"
    - George Orwell

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

  • "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
    - 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

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

  • "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."
    - George Orwell

  • "It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning."
    - George Orwell

  • "It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane."
    - George Orwell

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

  • "Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers."
    - George Orwell

  • "Liberal: a power worshipper without power."
    - George Orwell

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