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George Orwell
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"A minority of one"... the definition of insanity. George Orwell

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

But 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. George Orwell

For the future. For the unborn. George Orwell

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

The past is a curious thing. It's with you all the time. I suppose an hour never passes without your thinking of things that happened ten or twenty years ago, and yet most of the time it's got no reality, it's just a set of facts that you've learned, like a lot of stuff in a history book. Then some chance sight or sound or smell, especially smell, sets you going, and the past doesn't merely come back to you, you're actually IN the past. It was like that at this moment. George Orwell

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

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

The truth, it is felt, becomes untruth when your enemy utters it. George Orwell

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

High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. George Orwell

To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous. George Orwell

If there is hope, it lies in the proles. George Orwell

Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes. George Orwell

...the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war. George Orwell

Winston was gelatinous with fatigue. George Orwell

And if our book consumption remains as low as it has been, at least let us admit that it is because reading is a less exciting pastime than going to the dogs, the pictures or the pub, and not because books, whether bought or borrowed, are too expensive. George Orwell

The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking, and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand. George Orwell

No one, at any rate no English writer, has written better about childhood than Dickens. In spite of all the knowledge that has accumulated since, in spite of the fact that children are now comparatively sanely treated, no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child's point of view. George Orwell

It's a wonderful feeling to have a niece like you Because you are always so dear You are so dear no matter the year But all throughout each day of the year There could hardly be a town in the South of England where you could throw a brick without hitting the niece of a bishop. George Orwell

They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening George Orwell

When you meet anyone in the flesh you realize immediately that he is a human being and not a sort of caricature embodying certain ideas. It is partly for this reason that I don't mix much in literary circles, because I know from experience that once I have met and spoken to anyone I shall never again be able to feel any intellectual brutality towards him, even when I feel I ought to - like the Labour M.P.s who get patted on the back by dukes and are lost forever more. George Orwell

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

Sometimes they threaten you with something - something you can't stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say, Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to So-and-so. And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there's no other way of saving yourself, and you're quite ready to save yourself that way. You WANT it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care is yourself. George Orwell

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

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

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

Fate seemed to be playing a series of extraordinarily unamusing jokes. George Orwell

Ellis, was one of those people who constantly nag others to echo their own opinions. George Orwell

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

Gordon eyed them with inert hatred. At this moment he hated all books, and novels most of all. Horrible to think of all that soggy, half-baked trash massed together in one place. George Orwell

You're only a rebel from the waist downwards,' he told her. George Orwell

Probably the best nonsense poetry is produced gradually and accidentally, by communities rather than by individuals. George Orwell

What is to be expected of them is not treachery, or physcial cowardice, but stupidity, unconscious sabotage, an infallible instinct for doing the wrong thing. George Orwell

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

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

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever. George Orwell

Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane. George Orwell

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

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

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. George Orwell

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

For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him. George Orwell

The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated. George Orwell

International football is the continuation of war by other means. George Orwell

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

We have become too civilized to grasp the obvious. For the truth is very simple. To survive you often have to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil. [] Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf. George Orwell

The moralist and the revolutionary are constantly undermining one another. Marx exploded a hundred tons of dynamite beneath the moralist position, and we are still living in the echo of that tremendous crash. But already, somewhere or other, the sappers are at work and fresh dynamite is being tamped in place to blow Marx at the moon. Then Marx, or somebody like him, will come back with yet more dynamite, and so the process continues, to an end we cannot foresee. George Orwell

You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves. George Orwell

Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised. If one could earn even ten pounds a week at begging, it would become a respectable profession immediately. A beggar, looked at realistically, is simply a businessman, getting his living, like other businessmen, in the way that comes to hand. He has not, more than most modem people, sold his honour; he has merely made the mistake of choosing a trade at which it is impossible to grow rich. George Orwell

Comrades," he said, "here is a point that must be settled. The wild creatures, such as rats and rabbits-are they our friends or our enemies? Let us put it to the vote. I propose this question to the meeting: Are rats comrades?" The vote was taken at once, and it was agreed by an overwhelming majority that rats were comrades. There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides. George Orwell

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. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare. George Orwell

Reality is inside the skull. George Orwell

Using the word 'political' in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples' idea of the kind of society that they should strive after. Once again, no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude. George Orwell

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

You must be an intellectual. A normal person would never believe a thing like that. George Orwell

Winston worked in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT (a single branch of the Ministry of Truth) editing and writing for The Times. He dictated into a machine called a Speakwrite. Winston would receive articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, in Newspeak, rectify. If, for example, the Ministry of Plenty forecast a surplus, and in reality the result was grossly less, Winston's job was to change previous versions so the old version would agree with the new one. George Orwell

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

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

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

And yet, just for a moment, what almost frightening power had sounded in that cry from only a few hundred throats! Why was it that they could never shout like that about anything that mattered? George Orwell

I think I exist,' he said wearily. 'I am conscious of my own identity. I was born, and I shall die. I have arms and legs. I occupy a particular point in space. No other solid object can occupy the same point simultaneously. George Orwell

Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy George Orwell

The fight against bad English is not frivolous. George Orwell

He had moved from thought to words, and now from words to actions. George Orwell

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

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

A scrupulous writer in every sentence that he writes will ask himself... What am I trying to say? What words will express it? And he probably asks himself... Could I put it more shortly? But you are not obliged to go to all this trouble. You can shirk it by simply throwing open your mind and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in. They will construct your sentences for you. George Orwell

The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. George Orwell

The clock struck half past two. In the little office at the back of Mr. McKechnie's bookshop, Gordon - Gordon Comstock, last member of the Comstock family, aged twenty-nine and rather moth-eaten already - lounged across the table, pushing a fourpenny packet of Player's Weights open and shut with his thumb. George Orwell



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