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George Orwell Quote: “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”

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

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.”

Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Four legs good, two legs bad.”

Four legs good, two legs bad.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Never use a long word where a short one will do.”

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”

If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can’t have any practical result whatsoever, you’ve beaten them.”

If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can’t have any practical result whatsoever, you’ve beaten them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.”

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All art is propaganda; on the other hand, not all propaganda is art.”

All art is propaganda; on the other hand, not all propaganda is art.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking punished.”

Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking punished.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.”

There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.”

Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.”

If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”

In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The fight against bad English is not frivolous.”

The fight against bad English is not frivolous.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.”

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer...”

In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer...

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.”

At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges.”

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “My best fishing-memory is about some fish that I never caught.”

My best fishing-memory is about some fish that I never caught.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith – as mysterious as faith itself.”

It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith – as mysterious as faith itself.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.”

Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.

— George Orwell


George Orwell 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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives.”

The secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Serious sport is war minus the shooting.”

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it.”

Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The main motive for nonattachment is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work.”

The main motive for nonattachment is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”

High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”

Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.”

I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”

I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.”

The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you have no money, men won’t care for you, women won’t love you; won’t, that is, care for you or love you the last little bit that matters.”

If you have no money, men won’t care for you, women won’t love you; won’t, that is, care for you or love you the last little bit that matters.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Preventive war is a crime not easily committed by a country that retains any traces of democracy.”

Preventive war is a crime not easily committed by a country that retains any traces of democracy.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, but then fail all the more completely because he drinks.”

A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, but then fail all the more completely because he drinks.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.”

The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.

— George Orwell

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