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George Orwell Quote: “Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase in pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop.”

Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase in pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “There is no such thing as a naval dictatorship.”

There is no such thing as a naval dictatorship.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Until one has some kind of professional relationship with books, one does not discover how bad the majority of them are.”

Until one has some kind of professional relationship with books, one does not discover how bad the majority of them are.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The only imaginative prose writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past.”

The only imaginative prose writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Fate seemed to be playing a series of extraordinarily unamusing jokes.”

Fate seemed to be playing a series of extraordinarily unamusing jokes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Almost as swiftly as he had imagined it, she had torn her clothes off, and when she flung them aside it was with that same magnificent gesture by which a whole civilization seemed to be annihilated.”

Almost as swiftly as he had imagined it, she had torn her clothes off, and when she flung them aside it was with that same magnificent gesture by which a whole civilization seemed to be annihilated.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you want to know who rules over you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.”

If you want to know who rules over you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The cheaper books become, the less money is spent on books.”

The cheaper books become, the less money is spent on books.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unliveable to them unless they have tea and puddings.”

As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unliveable to them unless they have tea and puddings.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Bad writers are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones.”

Bad writers are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The existence of good bad literature – the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one’s intellect simply refuses to take seriously – is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.”

The existence of good bad literature – the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one’s intellect simply refuses to take seriously – is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.”

To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “For the future. For the unborn.”

For the future. For the unborn.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The object of power is power.”

The object of power is power.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.”

It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One wants to live, of course, indeed one only stays alive by virtue of the fear of death.”

One wants to live, of course, indeed one only stays alive by virtue of the fear of death.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I had been in London innumerable times, and yet till that day I had never noticed one of the worst things about London-the fact that it costs money even to sit down.”

I had been in London innumerable times, and yet till that day I had never noticed one of the worst things about London-the fact that it costs money even to sit down.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I worked out an anarchistic theory that all government is evil, that the punishment always does more harm than the crime and the people can be trusted to behave decently if you will only let them alone.”

I worked out an anarchistic theory that all government is evil, that the punishment always does more harm than the crime and the people can be trusted to behave decently if you will only let them alone.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “What is not hereditary cannot be permanent.”

What is not hereditary cannot be permanent.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In so far as it takes effect at all, pacifist propaganda can only be effective against those countries where a certain amount of freedom of speech is still permitted; in other words it is helpful to totalitarianism.”

In so far as it takes effect at all, pacifist propaganda can only be effective against those countries where a certain amount of freedom of speech is still permitted; in other words it is helpful to totalitarianism.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly.”

Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Money, money, all is money! Could you write even a penny novelette without money to put heart in you?”

Money, money, all is money! Could you write even a penny novelette without money to put heart in you?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.”

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Anyone who knows of a provable instance of colour discrimination ought always to expose it.”

Anyone who knows of a provable instance of colour discrimination ought always to expose it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell 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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “What happens to you here is forever.”

What happens to you here is forever.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Suddenly his heart seemed to turn to ice and his bowels to water.”

Suddenly his heart seemed to turn to ice and his bowels to water.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher’s daughter.”

There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher’s daughter.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Good novel are written by people who are not frightened.”

Good novel are written by people who are not frightened.

— George Orwell


George Orwell 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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles.”

Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right?”

If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Antisemitism, for instance, is simply not the doctrine of a grown-up person.”

Antisemitism, for instance, is simply not the doctrine of a grown-up person.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Always yell with the crowd, that’s what I say. It’s the only way to be safe.”

Always yell with the crowd, that’s what I say. It’s the only way to be safe.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The pleasures of spring are available to everybody and cost nothing.”

The pleasures of spring are available to everybody and cost nothing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Perhaps “friend” was not exactly the right word. You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades; but there were some comrades whose society was pleasanter than that of others.”

Perhaps “friend” was not exactly the right word. You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades; but there were some comrades whose society was pleasanter than that of others.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The whole question of evolution seems less momentous than it did, because, unlike the Victorians, we do not feel that to be descended from animals is degrading to human dignity.”

The whole question of evolution seems less momentous than it did, because, unlike the Victorians, we do not feel that to be descended from animals is degrading to human dignity.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive?”

How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.”

He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.”

To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.”

I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.

— George Orwell


George Orwell 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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Mrs Weaver nosed among the books, too dim-witted to grasp that they were in alphabetical order.”

Mrs Weaver nosed among the books, too dim-witted to grasp that they were in alphabetical order.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In places this book is a little over-written, because Mr Blunden is no more able to resist a quotation than some people are to refuse a drink.”

In places this book is a little over-written, because Mr Blunden is no more able to resist a quotation than some people are to refuse a drink.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.” – George Orwell, 1984.”

The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.” – George Orwell, 1984.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.”

The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Whoever writes about his childhood must beware of exaggeration and self-pity. I do not want to claim that I was a martyr or that Crossgates was a sort of Dotheboys Hall. But I should be falsifying my own memories if I did not record that they are largely memories of disgust.”

Whoever writes about his childhood must beware of exaggeration and self-pity. I do not want to claim that I was a martyr or that Crossgates was a sort of Dotheboys Hall. But I should be falsifying my own memories if I did not record that they are largely memories of disgust.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Often there is a seeming truce between the humanist and the religious believer, but in fact their attitudes cannot be reconciled: one must choose between this world and the next. And the enormous majority of human beings, if they understood the issue, would choose this world. They do make that choice when they continue working, breeding and dying instead of crippling their faculties in the hope of obtaining a new lease of existence elsewhere.”

Often there is a seeming truce between the humanist and the religious believer, but in fact their attitudes cannot be reconciled: one must choose between this world and the next. And the enormous majority of human beings, if they understood the issue, would choose this world. They do make that choice when they continue working, breeding and dying instead of crippling their faculties in the hope of obtaining a new lease of existence elsewhere.

— George Orwell

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