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George Orwell Quote: “The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.”

The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “His answer to every problem, every setback was “I will work harder!” – which he had adopted as his personal motto.”

His answer to every problem, every setback was “I will work harder!” – which he had adopted as his personal motto.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.”

It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O’Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O’Brien: You do not exist.”

Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O’Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O’Brien: You do not exist.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Power is not a means; it is an end.”

Power is not a means; it is an end.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “And I believe that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph again.”

And I believe that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph again.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.”

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that can be given a name.”

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that can be given a name.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.”

All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.”

Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.”

Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Reality is inside the skull.”

Reality is inside the skull.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”

We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.”

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.”

From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.”

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “How right the working classes are in their “materialism.” How right they are to realize that the belly comes before the soul, not in the scale of values but in point of time!”

How right the working classes are in their “materialism.” How right they are to realize that the belly comes before the soul, not in the scale of values but in point of time!

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.”

We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The human beings did not hate Animal Farm any less now that it was prospering; indeed, they hated it more than ever.”

The human beings did not hate Animal Farm any less now that it was prospering; indeed, they hated it more than ever.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.”

Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.”

England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.”

Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull.”

We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The heresy of heresies was common sense.”

The heresy of heresies was common sense.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”

The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.

— George Orwell


George Orwell 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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “It’s frightful that people who are so ignorant have so much influence.”

It’s frightful that people who are so ignorant have so much influence.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.”

If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “When I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on.”

When I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi.”

Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The most stirring battle-poem in English is about a brigade of cavalry which charged in the wrong direction.”

The most stirring battle-poem in English is about a brigade of cavalry which charged in the wrong direction.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Surely, comrades, you don’t want Jones back?”

Surely, comrades, you don’t want Jones back?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.”

He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn’t do the hangman’s job.”

Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn’t do the hangman’s job.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy but always against one’s own body.”

In moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy but always against one’s own body.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.”

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All human relationships must be purchased with money.”

All human relationships must be purchased with money.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Human beings were behaving as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine.”

Human beings were behaving as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.”

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.”

But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The one certain thing was that death never came at an expected moment.”

The one certain thing was that death never came at an expected moment.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Ignorance and prejudice are the ballast of our ship of state – however, ships without ballast are not seaworthy and cannot sail in the tempests, nor reach a safe harbor.”

Ignorance and prejudice are the ballast of our ship of state – however, ships without ballast are not seaworthy and cannot sail in the tempests, nor reach a safe harbor.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All art is propaganda.”

All art is propaganda.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Napoleon is always right.”

Napoleon is always right.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.”

It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another.”

The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.”

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.”

The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.

— George Orwell

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