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604 Inspiring Quotes by George Orwell

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Wikipedia Summary for George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.\n\nAs a writer, Orwell produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism; and is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences soldiering for the Republican faction of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), are as critically respected as his essays on politics and literature, language and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked George Orwell second among "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Orwell's work remains influential in popular culture and in political culture, and the adjective "Orwellian"—describing totalitarian and authoritarian social practices—is part of the English language, like many of his neologisms, such as "Big Brother", "Thought Police", "Two Minutes Hate", "Room 101", "memory hole", "Newspeak", "doublethink", "proles", "unperson", and "thoughtcrime".

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

--George Orwell

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

Totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.

--George Orwell

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

--George Orwell


man running on seashore

Outside, even through the shut window-pane, the world looked cold.

--George Orwell



man wearing black jacket standing on street

All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.

--George Orwell

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

--George Orwell


man jumping on hill during golden hour

It is a curious sensation, being a customer where you have been a slave's slave.

--George Orwell

brown and white abstract painting

Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.

--George Orwell

coconut tree near body of water

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

yellow and black striped background

What is above all needed is to let the meaning choose the word, and not the other way around. In prose, the worst thing you can do with words is to surrender to them.

--George Orwell

green trees beside body of water during daytime

Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on -- that is, badly.

--George Orwell

green grass field

This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.

--George Orwell

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.

--George Orwell

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Those who 'abjure' violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.

--George Orwell


green trees under blue sky at daytime

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

--George Orwell

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me.

--George Orwell


white brick wall planning

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

tree and ranchhouse

My best fishing-memory is about some fish that I never caught.

--George Orwell

body of water

It appeared that even in Barcelona there were hardly any bullfights nowadays; for some reason all the best matadors were Fascists.

--George Orwell


two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.

--George Orwell

mountains under orange kies

Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi.

--George Orwell



calm ocean

What mattered was that the room over the junk-shop should exist. To know that it was there, inviolate, was almost the same as being in it. The room was a world, a pocket of the past where extinct animals could walk.

--George Orwell

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It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought...should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

--George Orwell


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Public opinion is less tolerant than any system of law.

--George Orwell

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For a second, two seconds, they had exchanged an equivocal glance, and that was the end of the story. But even that was a memorable event, in the locked loneliness in which one had to live.

--George Orwell

low angle photography of purple sky

Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles.

--George Orwell

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked upon as a matter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty becasue they have no intellect.

--George Orwell


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One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

--George Orwell

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Many of the people who came to us were of the kind who would be a nuisance anywhere but have special opportunities in a bookshop.

--George Orwell

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An earthquake is such fun when it is over.

--George Orwell

brown sands

Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.

--George Orwell

person holding white book

When I joined the militia I had promised myself to kill one Fascist -- after all, if each of us killed one they would soon be extinct.

--George Orwell

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The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief.

--George Orwell

brown wooden dock under night sky

The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately.

--George Orwell

three person looking stars and milky way

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

--George Orwell


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I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press.

--George Orwell


white swan on blue sea during daytime

Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.

--George Orwell

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

--George Orwell

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Bad writers are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones.

--George Orwell



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If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.

--George Orwell



moon near mountain ridge

And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.

--George Orwell


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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


starry night in Texas

There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.

--George Orwell

feet in stream

If men would behave decently, the world would be decent.

--George Orwell

white pendant lamp

He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless,because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so .

--George Orwell

sunset

Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss.

--George Orwell

black pug puppy lying on gray bed

No man should be allowed to be the President who does not understand hogs, or hasn't been around a manure pile.

--George Orwell


river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.

--George Orwell

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Waiters are seldom socialists.

--George Orwell


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In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.

--George Orwell


full moon during day

Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.

--George Orwell



white clouds and blue sky

Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what's done is done. Embrace your dreams, through the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.

--George Orwell

black portable vinyl records

Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist.

--George Orwell

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The fact is that every war suffers a kind of progressive degradation with every month that it continues, because such things as individual liberty and a truthful press are simply not compatible with military efficiency.

--George Orwell


white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

The fallacy is to believe that under a dictatorial government you can be free inside.

--George Orwell

2 people riding on boat during sunset

It England is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts.

--George Orwell











glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unliveable to them unless they have tea and puddings.

--George Orwell


pink and yellow flower painting

One wants to live, of course, indeed one only stays alive by virtue of the fear of death.

--George Orwell

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

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

--George Orwell


black and white bird on seashore

Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

--George Orwell



leafless tree

in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy but always against one's own body.

--George Orwell

black and gray floral textile

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

--George Orwell

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

Pessimism is reactionary because it makes the very idea of improving the world impossible.

--George Orwell


beach shore during day time

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.

--George Orwell

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Apparently nothing will ever teach these people that the other 99 percent of the population exist.

--George Orwell



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You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one.

--George Orwell

closeup photo of sunflower

Let's face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.

--George Orwell

rock mountain during starry night

Antisemitism, for instance, is simply not the doctrine of a grown-up person.

--George Orwell


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Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

--George Orwell

rocky mountain under starry night

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


foggy mountains

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

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Few people have the guts to say outright that art and propaganda are the same thing.

--George Orwell



sunflowers

The hospital is the antechamber to the tomb.

--George Orwell

sunset

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

--George Orwell

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

The consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.

--George Orwell


white and blue building under clear sky

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?

--George Orwell

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The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another.

--George Orwell

stars across the sky view at the desert

England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly.

--George Orwell

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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

--George Orwell

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The modern writer who has influenced me most is W. Somerset Maugham.

--George Orwell

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

--George Orwell

icy mountain scenery

The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.

--George Orwell

full moon during day

The point is that the pleasures of spring are available to everybody, and cost nothing.

--George Orwell

sunset

In trench warfare five things are important: firewood, food, tobacco, candles, and the enemy. In winter on the Zaragoza front they were important in that order, with the enemy a bad last.

--George Orwell



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All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.

--George Orwell

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To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words.... Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence.

--George Orwell

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The only evidence to the contrary was the mute protest in your own bones, the instinctive feeling that the conditions you lived in were intolerable and that at some other time they must have been different.

--George Orwell

blue and white water waves

Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.

--George Orwell

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Day is over, night has come. today is gone, what's done is done. embrace your dreams, through the night, tomorrow comes with a whole new light.

--George Orwell

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

--George Orwell

green fruit in macro lens photography

Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.

--George Orwell


white and blue ice on water

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

cactus flowers

I understand HOW. I do not understand WHY.

--George Orwell


sea during daytime

This life we live nowadays. It's not life, it's stagnation death-in-life. Look at all these bloody houses and the meaningless people inside them. Sometimes I think we're all corpses. Just rotting upright.

--George Orwell

forest trees photograph

In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all.

--George Orwell

girl leaning on wall during daytime

It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.

--George Orwell



blue wallpaper

A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.

--George Orwell

sunset

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

--George Orwell


brown and gray floral textile

If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable -- what then?

--George Orwell

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In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people -- the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.

--George Orwell

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The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good.

--George Orwell


body of water

The mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else,and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit.

--George Orwell


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

--George Orwell

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On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

--George Orwell


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It is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during 'God save the King' than of stealing from a poor box.

--George Orwell


white tulips with green leaves

After all, that is what the merely casual onlooker always sees -- the outward appearance, the non-functional, the surfaces of things. No one who is really involved in the landscape ever sees the landscape.

--George Orwell



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At age fifty, every man has the face he deserves.

--George Orwell

silhouette of woman during sunset

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

--George Orwell

silhouette of people riding bicycle

Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it.

--George Orwell


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But what a way to do things-never to perform a decent action until you are kicked into it and the rest of the world has ceased to believe that your motives can possibly be honest.

--George Orwell

yellow green leaf

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well. And if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

--George Orwell


Painting of Stonehenge

You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.

--George Orwell

purple and white clouds during night time

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

--George Orwell

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All art is propaganda.

--George Orwell

high-angle photography of beach side

They clichés will construct your sentences for you -- even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent -- and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself.

--George Orwell

three person looking stars and milky way

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.

--George Orwell


city lights from hill

If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens.

--George Orwell


shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

--George Orwell







calm ocean

We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.

--George Orwell

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The stuff was like nitric acid, and moreover, in swallowing it one had the sensation of being hit on the back of the head with a rubber club.

--George Orwell

gray and white concrete floor

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes -- a fact which is recognized in the extra ration issued to old-age pensioners.

--George Orwell

yellow and white painted wall

Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.

--George Orwell

purple flowered hedge plants

To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one's lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.

--George Orwell


photo of pine trees

His answer to every problem, every setback was "I will work harder!" --which he had adopted as his personal motto.

--George Orwell

crescent moon above mountain

The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.

--George Orwell

shoreline during golden hour

In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.

--George Orwell



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Then the face of Big Brother faded away again and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:  
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

--George Orwell

body of water during daytime

She's beautiful,' he murmured.
'She's a metre across the hips, easily,' said Julia.
'That is her style of beauty,' said Winston.

--George Orwell


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues.

--George Orwell

road in the middle of grass covered field during day

They say that time heals all things,
they say you can always forget;
but the smiles and the tears across the years
they twist my heart strings yet!

--George Orwell


pug lying on pet bed

A dirty joke is not, of course, a serious attack on morality, but it is a sort of mental rebellion, a momentary wish that things were otherwise.

--George Orwell

brown chopped logs

The dead men had become martyrs and their degradation was forgotten.

--George Orwell




orange and white floor tiles

The Victorian happy ending -- a vision of a huge loving family of three or four generations, all crammed together in the same house and constantly multiplying, like a bed of oysters.

--George Orwell



landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

Perhaps the aim of Socialism is not to make the world perfect but to make it better.

--George Orwell

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

Envy is a horrible thing. It is unlike all other kinds of suffering in that there is no disguising it, no elevating it into tragedy. It is more than merely painful, it is disgusting.

--George Orwell

time lapse photography of fire

Empire --  in essence nothing but mechanisms for exploiting coloured labor.

--George Orwell

pink umbrella

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.

--George Orwell




blue and white painted wall

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in.

--George Orwell


bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

--George Orwell

time lapse photography body of water

All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.

--George Orwell





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The whole experience of being hit by a bullet is very interesting and I think worth describing in detail.

--George Orwell


pink flower

It was soon noticed that when ever there was work to be done the cat could never be found.

--George Orwell

person holding white book

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

white concrete wall during daytime

He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.

--George Orwell





tall trees with dried leaves on ground

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.

--George Orwell



black and white abstract illustration

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

--George Orwell

yellow and white abstract painting

Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.

--George Orwell

star sequins on white platform

Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

--George Orwell

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The cost of reading, even if you buy books instead of borrowing them and take in a fairly large number of periodicals, does not amount to more than the combined cost of smoking and drinking.

--George Orwell

red white and black butterfly on green leaf

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only 'doing their duty.'

--George Orwell

time lapse photography of fire

A fat man is never so happy as when he is describing himself as "robust."

--George Orwell

pink flower

News is something somebody doesn't want printed; all else is advertising.

--George Orwell


brown mountains under blue sky

The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.

--George Orwell

silhouette of trees during nighttime

The secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one's own infallibility with a power to learn from past mistakes.

--George Orwell


green trees beside body of water during daytime

Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.

--George Orwell



gray concrete painted wall

It was only a hopeless fantasy,
it passed like an April day,
but a look and a word and the dreams they stirred
they have stolen my heart away.

--George Orwell

brown wooden dockside beside sea

Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.

--George Orwell


coconut tree near body of water

Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.

--George Orwell

gray surface

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.

--George Orwell

sun

The Penguin books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them.

--George Orwell


men's white dress shirt

The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives.

--George Orwell






blooming yellow sunflower field

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

--George Orwell

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.

--George Orwell


selective focus photography of stones on sand

Writing a novel is agony.

--George Orwell

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

--George Orwell

castle surrounded fog

Preventive war is a crime not easily committed by a country that retains any traces of democracy.

--George Orwell


white textile in close up photography

According to Buddhist belief, those who have done evil in their lives will spend the next incarntation in the shape of a rat, a frog or some other low animal.

--George Orwell


orange tabby cat on black textile

Winston was gelatinous with fatigue.

--George Orwell




concert photos

She was very young...she still expected something from life, she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing.

--George Orwell

silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

The Puritanical nonsense of excluding children and therefore to some extent women from pubs has turned these places into mere boozing shops instead of the family gathering places that they ought to be.

--George Orwell




silhouette of man in water

Yet in the most mean, cowardly, hypocritical way the British ruling class did all they could to hand Spain over to Franco and the Nazis. Why? Because they were pro-Fascist, was the obvious answer.

--George Orwell

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

--George Orwell

selective focus photography of sunflower

The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.

--George Orwell

body of water during daytime

But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

--George Orwell

green leaf in close up photography

The heresy of heresies was common sense.

--George Orwell

man holding brown violin

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.

--George Orwell

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.

--George Orwell

silhouette of praying man

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing.

--George Orwell

woman wears black dress

He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin.

--George Orwell


selective photography of green leaf plant

If you hate violence and don't believe in politics, the only major remedy remaining is education.

--George Orwell






sunset highway

If you want to know who rules over you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

--George Orwell

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round.

--George Orwell

silhouette of people riding bicycle

One wants to live, of course, indeed one only stays alive by virtue of the fear of death, but I think, as I thought then, that it is better to die violently and not too old.

--George Orwell

silhouette of trees during nighttime

The human beings did not hate Animal Farm any less now that it was prospering; indeed, they hated it more than ever.

--George Orwell


lion on green grass during golden hour

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

--George Orwell




purple and blue light illustration

Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.

--George Orwell

white and black boat on sea during daytime

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

--George Orwell



time lapse photography of lightning during storm

A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up the details.

--George Orwell

dew drops on glass panel

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

silhouette of mountain

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

--George Orwell

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

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

--George Orwell

rainbow desert

Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.

--George Orwell


galaxy

The command of the old despotisms was "Thou shalt not." The command of the totalitarians was "Thou shalt." Our command is "Thou art."

--George Orwell

lion on green grass during golden hour

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.

--George Orwell

black and white abstract illustration

The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.

--George Orwell



grassland landscape

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.

--George Orwell

gray concrete road between trees

What is not hereditary cannot be permanent.

--George Orwell


stars across the sky view at the desert

The war is waged against its own subjects and its object is not the victory...but to keep the very structure of society intact.

--George Orwell


blue and white abstract painting

As for queueing-up, during the past five or ten years it has become what the psychologists call a conditioned reflex. If you put a dozen English people together, they form themselves into a queue almost instinctively.

--George Orwell

time lapse photography body of water

It is brought home to you...that it is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior.

--George Orwell

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.

--George Orwell

gray concrete surface

Between pigs and human beings there was not and there need not be any clash of interest whatsoever.

--George Orwell

castle surrounded fog

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

--George Orwell

grayscale photography of elephant

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

--George Orwell

shallow focus photography of stack of books

To die hating them, that was freedom.

--George Orwell

person walking on snowfield

Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.

--George Orwell

wormeye view photo of milky way

To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.

--George Orwell

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

--George Orwell

man facing women near forest

If there is hope, it lies in the proles.

--George Orwell

white petaled flower

The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia's life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.

--George Orwell

cat with flower

Like the crocodile, he strikes always at the weakest spot.

--George Orwell


white and blue floral textile

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

--George Orwell

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

--George Orwell

sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

--George Orwell

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.

--George Orwell


None

I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?

--George Orwell

aerial photography of forest

Freedom of speech and of the Press are usually attacked by arguments which are not worth bothering about.

--George Orwell


photo of brown parquet

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

--George Orwell

photo of outer space

Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.

--George Orwell


man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

Don't you see that the whole aim of newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?

--George Orwell



clear blue sea under blue sky

It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.

--George Orwell

yellow flower field under clear sky

A dull, decent people, cherishing and fortifying their dullness behind a quarter of a million bayonets.

--George Orwell

fireplace on fire

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

--George Orwell

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

--George Orwell



empty seashore near high-rise building

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

flowers beside yellow wall

Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.

--George Orwell

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

Modern man is rather like a bisected wasp which goes on sucking jam and pretends that the loss of its abdomen does not matter.

--George Orwell

yellow and white color illustration

What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself; who gives your arguments a fair hearing and simply persists in his lunacy?

--George Orwell


silhouette of trees during sunset

The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. ... War is Peace.

--George Orwell

sunset

Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.

--George Orwell

yellow flower in green grass field

The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.

--George Orwell

photography of starry sky

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

--George Orwell

foggy mountains

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution, one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

--George Orwell

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

--George Orwell

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.

--George Orwell





tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

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

--George Orwell

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

Some hams hanging in the kitchen were taken out for burial.

--George Orwell

gray building

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

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

The food crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in the hopes of adding five years onto the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity.

--George Orwell


long exposure photography of beach

A man may take to drink because he feels himself a failure, but then fail all the more completely because he drinks.

--George Orwell

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.

--George Orwell

yellow green leaf

Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.

--George Orwell

pink and white clouds

Prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.

--George Orwell

red white and black butterfly on green leaf

England will still be England, an everlasting animal, stretching into the future and the past and like all living things having the power to change out of all recognition and yet remain the same.

--George Orwell

water on seashore

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

--George Orwell

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

We were once told that the aeroplane had "abolished frontiers"; actually it is only since the aeroplane became a serious weapon that frontiers have become definitely impassable.

--George Orwell

silhouette of off-road car

But the thought of being a lunatic did not greatly trouble him; the horror was that he might also be wrong.

--George Orwell


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Real journalism is publishing something that somebody else does not want published -- the rest is just public relations.

--George Orwell

low angle photography of purple sky

The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed.

--George Orwell

blue and white abstract painting

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 .

--George Orwell


shooting star in night sky

Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope.

--George Orwell

seashore during daytime

But every writer, especially every novelist, has a 'message,' whether he admits it or not, and the minutest details of his work are influenced by it. All art is propaganda.

--George Orwell


milky way wallpaper

As time went on, the Communists and the POUM wrote more bitterly about one another than about the Fascists.

--George Orwell


men's white dress shirt

No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

--George Orwell

photo og calm body of water

Surely, comrades, you don't want Jones back?

--George Orwell


white and blue ice in water

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

--George Orwell

None

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.

--George Orwell

clear liquid on leaf

The only good human being is a dead one.

--George Orwell

calm ocean

In so far as it takes effect at all, pacifist propaganda can only be effective against those countries where a certain amount of freedom of speech is still permitted; in other words it is helpful to totalitarianism.

--George Orwell

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

If you look for the working classes in fiction, and especially English fiction, all you find is a hole.

--George Orwell

white and blue ice in water

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

--George Orwell



white and blue floral textile

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

--George Orwell

blue and white painted wall

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

--George Orwell

silhouette photography of trees and sky

In this place you could not feel anything, except pain and the foreknowledge of pain.

--George Orwell

lion on green grass during golden hour

I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.

--George Orwell


sunset

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

--George Orwell

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings.

--George Orwell




foggy mountain summit

Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody.

--George Orwell


pug puppy

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

--George Orwell

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

Gambling, beer and football filled the horizons of their minds.

--George Orwell



macro shot photography of two votive candles

Vice is punished, but virtue is not rewarded.

--George Orwell



shallow focus photo of white rose

Reality is inside the skull.

--George Orwell

gray satellite disc on field

Manchester is the belly and guts of the nation.

--George Orwell

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Our windmill was ruined. Our spirits were at their lowest. But, Napoleon seemed... triumphant.

--George Orwell

None

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

--George Orwell


red rose

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

--George Orwell

raging waves through shores

Perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and self-denial simply a sham concealing iniquity.

--George Orwell

brown mountain

I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.

--George Orwell

lights pattern swirls

I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards.

--George Orwell




snowy mountain

The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

--George Orwell

brown and gray floral textile

We are the dead,' he said.
'We are the dead,' echoed Julia dutifully.
'You are the dead,' said an iron voice behind them.

--George Orwell

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

--George Orwell

cup of latte on table

Big Brother is watching you.

--George Orwell

blue sky with white clouds

Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same.

--George Orwell

gray elephant

Man's greatest drive is not love or hate but to change another person's writing.

--George Orwell

man holding brown violin

She knew when to cheer and when to boo, and that was all one needed.

--George Orwell

cloudy sky

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.

--George Orwell

None

I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.

--George Orwell

seashore during golden hour

And to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse -- hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.

--George Orwell


photo of brown parquet

Najbolji način da se unište ljudi je da se im se uskrati razumijevanje vlastite povijesti.

--George Orwell

man riding on boat on body of water

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

--George Orwell



fawn pug in close up photography

Beauty is meaningless until it is shared.

--George Orwell

photo of mountains

One feels of him that there was much he did not understand, but not that there was anything that he was frightened of saying or thinking.

--George Orwell

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

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

--George Orwell


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

--George Orwell

white and blue ice on water

It is bound to be a failure, every book is a failure, but I do know with some clarity what kind of book I want to write.

--George Orwell

landscape photography of mountain

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.

--George Orwell


blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

Bản chất của chiến tranh là tiêu diệt, không nhất thiết phải là con người, mà là sản phẩm do con người tạo ra.

--George Orwell

ocean

You want a picture of the future? Imagine a boot trampling a human face.. forever. The moral to be drawn from this nightmarish situation is simple: Don't let it happen. It depends on you.

--George Orwell

two mugs of brown liquids

Good writing is like a windowpane.

--George Orwell

green and white painted wall

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

--George Orwell

blue wall during daytime

A liberal is a power worshipper without the power.

--George Orwell

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

--George Orwell


None

Lack of money means discomfort, means squalid worries, means shortage of tobacco, means ever-present consciousness of failure-above all, it means loneliness.

--George Orwell


None

During five literary generations every enlightened person had despised him, and at the end of that time nine-tenths of those enlightened persons are forgotten and Kipling is in some sense still there.

--George Orwell



green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Power is not a means; it is an end.

--George Orwell




sun

The plant is blind but it knows enough to keep pushing upwards towards the light, and it will continue to do this in the face of endless discouragements.

--George Orwell




red rose illustration

A fat man is never so happy as when he is describing himself as "robust.

--George Orwell

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Freedom of the Press,
if it means anything at all,
means the freedom
to criticize and oppose.

--George Orwell

raging waves through shores

In the better light of the living room he noticed with interest that there actually was dust in the creases of her face.

--George Orwell

mixed paints in a plate

The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon.

--George Orwell

brown and gray brick wall

Formar parte de la minoría, aunque fuese una minoría de uno solo, no te convertía en loco. Había la verdad y la mentira, y aferrarse a la verdad, aunque fuese en contra del mundo entero, no era sinónimo de estar loco.

--George Orwell

body of water near mountains

Four legs good, two legs bad.

--George Orwell

lake beside green pine trees

To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.

--George Orwell

silhouette of a person during sunset

- Does Big Brother exist?
- Of course he exists. The Party exists. Big Brother is the embodiment of the Party.
- Does he exist in the same way as I exist?
- You do not exist.

--George Orwell


body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

However much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing, as it were, behind your back.

--George Orwell


green plants beside brown wooden door

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

--George Orwell






Arizona landscape

If you have no money, men won't care for you, women won't love you; won't, that is, care for you or love you the last little bit that matters.

--George Orwell



seashore during golden hour

Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it.

--George Orwell

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

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

--George Orwell

photography of white wall lot

The most stirring battle-poem in English is about a brigade of cavalry which charged in the wrong direction.

--George Orwell

None

The class-struggle is the main source of progress, and therefore the nobleman who robs the peasant and goads him to revolt is playing a necessary part, just as much as the Jacobin who guillotines the nobleman.

--George Orwell


shallow focus photography of adult fawn pug

The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion.

--George Orwell

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

Sheer egoism... Writers share this characteristic with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, successful businessmen -- in short, with the whole top crust of humanity.

--George Orwell


green leafed tree on snowfield under white cloudy sky at daytime

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

--George Orwell


pink and white tulips on white surface

The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it.

--George Orwell

dew drops on glass panel

The stuff that was coming out of his mouth consisted of words, but it was not speech in the true sense: it was a noise uttered in unconsciousness, like the quacking of a duck.

--George Orwell

None

The English are not happy unless they are miserable, the Irish are not at peace unless they are at war, and the Scots are not at home unless they are abroad.

--George Orwell

purple flowered hedge plants

The inflated style is itself a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

--George Orwell


Arizona landscape

Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking punished.

--George Orwell


black textile in close up photography

With its grace and carelessness, it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though all could be swept into a nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.

--George Orwell

sunset with storm clouds

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.

--George Orwell

purple and green light digital wallpaper

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.

--George Orwell

common sunflower

If there is any hope, it lies in the proles.

--George Orwell

lighted candle in dark room

Human beings were behaving as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine.

--George Orwell

blue and white water surface

Has it ever occurred to you,' he said, 'that the whole history of English poetry has been de-termined by the fact that the English language lacks rhymes?

--George Orwell

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

The enemies of intellectual liberty always try to present their case as a plea for discipline versus individualism. The issue truth-versus-untruth is as far as possible kept in the background.

--George Orwell

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

The four great motives for writing prose are sheer egoism, esthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.

--George Orwell

green grass field with smoke

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges.

--George Orwell

yellow green leaf

And the bigger the fall, the bigger the joke. It would be better fun to throw a custard pie at a bishop than at a curate.

--George Orwell

purple and white clouds during night time

I have managed to make the Capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against Capitalism.

--George Orwell


blue and white abstract painting

The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.

--George Orwell



empty gray floor beside pool

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

--George Orwell

green grass field with smoke

But of course it was an American paper. The Americans always go one better on any kinds of beastliness, whether it is ice-cream soda, racketeering, or theosophy.

--George Orwell

None

Don't you enjoy being alive? Don't you like feeling: This is me, this is my hand, this is my leg, I'm real, I'm solid, I'm alive! Don't you like this?

--George Orwell

red moon at night

The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.

--George Orwell


silver round analog wall clock

Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.

--George Orwell

galaxy

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

--George Orwell


leafless tree

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

--George Orwell


lightning strike at night

What is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be told truthfully.

--George Orwell

yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.

--George Orwell


beach during daytime

His eye fell upon the aspidistra. Two years he had inhabited this vile room; two mortal years in which nothing had been accomplished.

--George Orwell

common sunflower

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

--George Orwell

galaxy wallpaper

At any given moment, there is a sort of all pervading orthodoxy, a general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts.

--George Orwell

white pendant lamp

He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.

--George Orwell

pink petaled flower field

In my opinion nothing has contributed more to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country.

--George Orwell

high-angle photography of beach side

The existence of good bad literature--the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one's intellect simply refuses to take seriously--is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.

--George Orwell

pink-petaled rose flower

We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.

--George Orwell

silhouette of trees during sunset

If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened--that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.

--George Orwell

forest at daytime

They can't get inside you,' she had said. But they could get inside you.

--George Orwell


landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

He Gandhi was not one of those saints who are marked out by their phenomenal piety from childhood onwards, nor one of the other kind who forsake the world after sensational debaucheries.

--George Orwell


landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

It is quite true that it is wasteful, messy and the cause of avoidable work: all the same things could be said with equal truth of a baby.

--George Orwell




green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

--George Orwell

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

She had become a physical necessity, something that he not only wanted but felt he had the right to.

--George Orwell

sunset

It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours.

--George Orwell


empty seashore near high-rise building

The main motive for nonattachment is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work.

--George Orwell

yellow flower field under clear sky

A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.

--George Orwell


silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith--as mysterious as faith itself.

--George Orwell

silhouette of trees during nighttime

Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

--George Orwell


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

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

--George Orwell

sunflower field during daytime

Orthodoxy is the ability to say two and two make five when faith requires it.

--George Orwell

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

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

--George Orwell


leafless tree on body of water during daytime

A Socialist United States of Europe seems to me the only worth-while political objective today.

--George Orwell

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Then he suddenly lifted his leg, urinated over the plans, and walked out without uttering a word.

--George Orwell

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.

--George Orwell

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

There is always one escape: into wickedness.

--George Orwell

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

The high-water mark, so to speak, of Socialist literature is W.H. Auden, a sort of gutless Kipling.

--George Orwell



moon near mountain ridge

There are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all.

--George Orwell

None

It is quite possible that in only seventy years our population will amount to about eleven millions, over half of whom will be old age pensioners.

--George Orwell

green trees beside body of water during daytime

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

--George Orwell


grayscale photo of pug on floor

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

--George Orwell




None

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


multicolored heart LED light on wall

Imperialism as he Kipling sees it is a sort of forcible evangelising.

--George Orwell

castle surrounded fog

If I had understood the situation a bit better I should probably have joined the Anarchists.

--George Orwell


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