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If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.

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

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

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

George Orwell Quotes about Books

The fact is that certain themes cannot be celebrated in words, and tyranny is one of them. No one ever wrote a good book in praise of the Inquisition.

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

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The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.

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

George Orwell Quotes on Communism

I always disagree, however, when people end up saying that we can only combat Communism, Fascism or what not if we develop an equal fanaticism. It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one’s intelligence.

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One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘ Socialism ‘ and ‘ Communism ‘ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.

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The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the ratiocinated.

George Orwell Quotes on Freedom of Speech

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.

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Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.

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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.

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The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.

George Orwell Quotes Screens

the people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens

George Orwell Quotes about Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.

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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 thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

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The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.

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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 squirting out ink.

George Orwell Quotes on Writing

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

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The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions – racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war – which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action.

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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.

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Political writing in our time consists almost entirely of prefabricated phrases bolted together like the pieces of a child’s Meccano set. It is the unavoidable result of self-censorship. To write in plain, vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox.

George Orwell Quotes on Journalism

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

George Orwell Quotes on Free Speech

Thought crime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.

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

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

George Orwell Quotes The Further a Society

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

George Orwell Quotes on Patriotism

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

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If one harbours anywhere in one’s mind a nationalistic loyalty or hatred, certain facts, though in a sense known to be true, are inadmissible.

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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.

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No one is patriotic about taxes.

George Orwell Quotes on Nationalism

If one harbours anywhere in one’s mind a nationalistic loyalty or hatred, certain facts, though in a sense known to be true, are inadmissible.

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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.

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Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

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By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions and tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’…By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power.

George Orwell Quotes on Control

Who controls the past controls the future? Who controls the present controls the past?

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Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past.” “He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.

George Orwell Quotes on Technology

Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society.

George Orwell Quotes on Loyalty

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one’s love upon other human individuals.

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If one harbours anywhere in one’s mind a nationalistic loyalty or hatred, certain facts, though in a sense known to be true, are inadmissible.

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They were governed by private loyalties which they did not question. What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself

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All progressive thought has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain … Hitler, because in his joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades. However, they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life.

George Orwell Quotes on Love

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.

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After 40, a man is responsible for his face.

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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.

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

George Orwell Quotes on Totalitarianism

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.

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And I believe that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph again.

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To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.

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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 Quotes on Power

But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.

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We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

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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.

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Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

George Orwell Quotes about Guns

In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.

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When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. Women face childbed and the scrubbing brush, revolutionaries keep their mouths shut in the torture chamber, battleships go down with their guns still firing when their decks are awash.

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That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

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Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon – so long as there is no answer to it – gives claws to the weak.

George Orwell Quotes Liberty

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

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

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Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip.

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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 Quotes Telling the Truth

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

George Orwell Quotes History

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.

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The most effective way to destroy people is to deny
The most stirring battle-poem in English is about a brigade of cavalry which charged in the wrong direction.

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History has to move in a certain direction, even if it has to be pushed that way by neurotics. And obliterate their own understanding of their history.

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

George Orwell Quotes Media

The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.

George Orwell Quotes on War

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

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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.

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

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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.

 

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