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The essence of being human is that one
by George Orwell

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

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One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier
weapon than the machine-gun.
- George Orwell

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
- George Orwell

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

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

When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
- George Orwell

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

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

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
- George Orwell

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories,
the police are prowling through the cities,
the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers,
but the earth is still going round the sun.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The essential act of war is destruction,
not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
- George Orwell

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.
- George Orwell

Four legs good, two legs bad.
- George Orwell

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

Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton,
but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
- George Orwell

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults,
in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards,
and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
- George Orwell

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

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

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

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

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

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
- George Orwell

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

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

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.
It is bound up with hatred, jealousy,
boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence.
In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
- George Orwell

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

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

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
- George Orwell

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

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

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

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

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless
he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

Big Brother is watching you.
- George Orwell

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

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.'
All issues are political issues,
and politics itself is a mass of lies,
evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
- George Orwell

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
- George Orwell

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

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

Good writing is like a windowpane.
- George Orwell

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

The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.
- George Orwell

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

One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
- George Orwell

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

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


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