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"Big Brother is watching you."
George Orwell

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

"Four legs good, two legs bad."
George Orwell

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

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

"To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes."
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

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."
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

"It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning."
George Orwell



"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



"At 50, everyone has the face he deserves."
George Orwell

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

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

"In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him."
George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

"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."
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