George Orwell Quotes


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

 "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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

I don't believe that the kind of society I describe will arrive, but I believe something resembling it could arrive


(Orwell on 1984 )

 "As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents "

  "In Moulmein, in Lower Burma, I was hated by a large number of people

the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me."


                                                            Shooting an Elephant

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

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


"Good writing is like a windowpane.  "

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

"Four legs good, two legs bad. "

"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. "

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

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.  "

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

"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."

"People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes"

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

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

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?


George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946

Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946




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