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Quotations by author » George Orwell
English Novelist and Essayist, 1903-1950
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"Doublethink" means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them
BeliefThinking
"War is Peace" "Freedom is Slavery" "Ignorance is Strength
Ignorance
(Doublethink) to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed
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(Mankind) is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell
Mankind
1984
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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
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A liberal is a power worshipper without the power.
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A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature
Charity
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
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Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
Advertising
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
Animals
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.
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All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
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All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
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An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
AutobiographyLife
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, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand, if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any worse for it. He is serving his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil.
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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents
Advertising
At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas of which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is "not done" to say it... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the high-brow periodicals.
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At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
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Big Brother is watching you.
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