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quote by George Orwell: Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: To die hating them, that was freedom. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

To die hating them, that was freedom.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Power is not a means; it is an end. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Power is not a means; it is an end.

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.



quote by George Orwell: The enemies of intellectual liberty always try to present their case as a plea for discipline versus individualism. The issue truth-versus-untruth is as far as possible kept in the background. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

The enemies of intellectual liberty always try to present their case as a plea for discipline versus individualism. The issue truth-versus-untruth is as far as possible kept in the background.

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.

--George Orwell


quote by George Orwell: England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what's done is done. Embrace your dreams, through the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what's done is done. Embrace your dreams, through the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: One feels of him that there was much he did not understand, but not that there was anything that he was frightened of saying or thinking. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

One feels of him that there was much he did not understand, but not that there was anything that he was frightened of saying or thinking.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

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.'


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

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

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
quote by George Orwell: I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

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

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

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

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
quote by George Orwell: In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

A dirty joke is not, of course, a serious attack on morality, but it is a sort of mental rebellion, a momentary wish that things were otherwise.


quote by George Orwell: Myths which are believed in tend to become true. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. with background image: soldier walking on wooden pathway surrounded with barbwire selective focus photography
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War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Four legs good, two legs bad. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Four legs good, two legs bad.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The best books... are those that tell you what you know already. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Serious sport is war minus the shooting. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Big Brother is watching you. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Big Brother is watching you.

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Good writing is like a windowpane. with background image: five children sitting on bench front of trees
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Good writing is like a windowpane.

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

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Happiness can exist only in acceptance. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by 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 or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by 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. with background image: six fighter jets
Background Photo: UX Gun

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
quote by George Orwell: Liberal: a power worshipper without power. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.

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

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

quote by George Orwell: Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by 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? with background image: 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?

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

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

--George Orwell
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. with background image: 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.

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

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 by 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. with background image: 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.

--George Orwell
quote by George Orwell: Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. with background image: photo of author George Orwell with quote

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

--George Orwell

Longer Version:

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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