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Society has always seemed to demand a little more from
by George Orwell

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

Related topics: Society

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
- George Orwell

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

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

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
- 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

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

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

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it
does not mean loving some people more than others.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the
restatement of the obvious.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man,
but only in certain sections of his personality,
and even then not all the time.
- 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

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

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming
that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.
- George Orwell

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

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

He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who
does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
- George Orwell

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

Big Brother is watching you.
- 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

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

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or
can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
- George Orwell

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

Four legs good, two legs bad.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

Good writing is like a windowpane.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
- George Orwell


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