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Quote: Myths which are believed in tend to become true. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.


Quote: War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.


Quote: All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Four legs good, two legs bad. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Four legs good, two legs bad.


Quote: The best books... are those that tell you what you know already. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Serious sport is war minus the shooting. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.


Quote: Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.


Quote: To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.


Quote: There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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.


Quote: Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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.


Quote: There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.


Quote: Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Liberal: a power worshipper without power. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.


Quote: Those who 'abjure' violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.


Quote: Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: 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? by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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?


Quote: The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.


Quote: If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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


Quote: The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.


Quote: Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. by author George Orwell overlaid on photo of photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. There is always a new tyrant waiting to take over from the old -- generally not quite so bad, but still a tyrant. Consequently two viewpoints are always tenable. The one, how can you improve human nature until you have changed the system? The other, what is the use of changing the system before you have improved human nature? They appeal to different individuals, and they probably show a tendency to alternate in point of time. The moralist and the revolutionary are constantly undermining one another.


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