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George Orwell Quote: “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”

One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.”

All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.”

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The tendency of advanced capitalism has been to enlarge the middle class and not to wipe it out, as it once seemed likely to do.”

The tendency of advanced capitalism has been to enlarge the middle class and not to wipe it out, as it once seemed likely to do.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A peace that is truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war.”

A peace that is truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.”

He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Now he had recognized himself as a dead man it became important to stay alive as long as possible.”

Now he had recognized himself as a dead man it became important to stay alive as long as possible.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If I had understood the situation a bit better I should probably have joined the Anarchists.”

If I had understood the situation a bit better I should probably have joined the Anarchists.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.”

Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.”

A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.”

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.”

By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.”

A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Orthodoxy is the ability to say two and two make five when faith requires it.”

Orthodoxy is the ability to say two and two make five when faith requires it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s own infallibility with a power to learn from past mistakes.”

The secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s own infallibility with a power to learn from past mistakes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Cricket is a game full or forlorn hopes and sudden dramatic changes of fortune and its rules are so ill-defined that their interpretation is partly an ethical business.”

Cricket is a game full or forlorn hopes and sudden dramatic changes of fortune and its rules are so ill-defined that their interpretation is partly an ethical business.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.”

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”

You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.”

If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.”

Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”

Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Sanity was statistical. It was merely a question of learning to think as they thought.”

Sanity was statistical. It was merely a question of learning to think as they thought.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.”

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.

— George Orwell


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

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

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “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.”

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


George Orwell Quote: “Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible.”

Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.”

Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.”

Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”

Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.”

Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold.”

Even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.”

In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The prime necessities for success in life are money, athleticism, tailor made clothes and a charming smile.”

The prime necessities for success in life are money, athleticism, tailor made clothes and a charming smile.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We may be together for another six months – a year – there’s no knowing. At the end we’re certain to be apart. Do you realize how utterly alone we shall be?”

We may be together for another six months – a year – there’s no knowing. At the end we’re certain to be apart. Do you realize how utterly alone we shall be?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “And it is a great thing to die in your own bed, though it is better still to die in your boots.”

And it is a great thing to die in your own bed, though it is better still to die in your boots.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.”

So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The food crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in the hopes of adding five years onto the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity.”

The food crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in the hopes of adding five years onto the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Hunger reduces one to an utterly spineless, brainless condition, more like the after-effects of influenza than anything else. It is as though all one’s blood had been pumped out and lukewarm water substituted.”

Hunger reduces one to an utterly spineless, brainless condition, more like the after-effects of influenza than anything else. It is as though all one’s blood had been pumped out and lukewarm water substituted.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “England will still be England, an everlasting animal, stretching into the future and the past and like all living things having the power to change out of all recognition and yet remain the same.”

England will still be England, an everlasting animal, stretching into the future and the past and like all living things having the power to change out of all recognition and yet remain the same.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man.”

If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”

Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.”

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.”

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity.”

You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You must be an intellectual. A normal person would never believe a thing like that.”

You must be an intellectual. A normal person would never believe a thing like that.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.”

It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one’s lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.”

To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one’s lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.”

He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Envy is a horrible thing. It is unlike all other kinds of suffering in that there is no disguising it, no elevating it into tragedy. It is more than merely painful, it is disgusting.”

Envy is a horrible thing. It is unlike all other kinds of suffering in that there is no disguising it, no elevating it into tragedy. It is more than merely painful, it is disgusting.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.

— George Orwell

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