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quote by George Orwell: Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell



quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: I have managed to make the Capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against Capitalism. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by George Orwell: All men are enemies. All animals are comrades. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: A fat man is never so happy as when he is describing himself as robust. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

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




quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


quote by George Orwell: Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


quote by George Orwell: Human beings were behaving as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell


quote by George Orwell: Like the crocodile, he strikes always at the weakest spot. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: 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? with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: Freedom of the Press,
if it means anything at all,
means the freedom
to criticize and oppose. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: The modern writer who has influenced me most is W. Somerset Maugham. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell


quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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





quote by George Orwell: The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by George Orwell: War is war. The only good human being is a dead one. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Imperialism as he Kipling sees it is a sort of forcible evangelising. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: The high-water mark, so to speak, of Socialist literature is W.H. Auden, a sort of gutless Kipling. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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



quote by George Orwell: The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: Man's greatest drive is not love or hate but to change another person's writing. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith--as mysterious as faith itself. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell


quote by George Orwell: The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell




quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by George Orwell: The only good human being is a dead one. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

The only good human being is a dead one.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

quote by 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: His answer to every problem, every setback was I will work harder! --which he had adopted as his personal motto. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: Preventive war is a crime not easily committed by a country that retains any traces of democracy. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Pessimism is reactionary because it makes the very idea of improving the world impossible. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: Reality is inside the skull. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Reality is inside the skull.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: 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. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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
quote by George Orwell: I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: As time went on, the Communists and the POUM wrote more bitterly about one another than about the Fascists. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

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