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George Orwell Quote: “There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.”

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “Snobbishness, like hypocrisy, is a check upon behaviour whose value from a social point of view has been underrated.”

Snobbishness, like hypocrisy, is a check upon behaviour whose value from a social point of view has been underrated.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.”

Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.”

They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “No one is patriotic about taxes.”

No one is patriotic about taxes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In my opinion nothing has contributed more to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country.”

In my opinion nothing has contributed more to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The Penguin books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them.”

The Penguin books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Weakness is strength.”

Weakness is strength.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “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 is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The end was contained in the beginning.”

The end was contained in the beginning.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “There is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion.”

There is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.”

Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.”

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The upper class desire to remain so, the middle class wish to overthrow the upper class, and the lower class want a classless system.”

The upper class desire to remain so, the middle class wish to overthrow the upper class, and the lower class want a classless system.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All nationalistic distinctions – all claims to be better than somebody else because you have a different-shaped skull or speak a different dialect – are entirely spurious, but they are important so long as people believe in them.”

All nationalistic distinctions – all claims to be better than somebody else because you have a different-shaped skull or speak a different dialect – are entirely spurious, but they are important so long as people believe in them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes.”

Literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”

The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.”

Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Liberal: a power worshipper without power.”

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Revolutions only effect a radical improvement when the masses are alert and know how to chuck out their leaders as soon as the latter have done their job.”

Revolutions only effect a radical improvement when the masses are alert and know how to chuck out their leaders as soon as the latter have done their job.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “When I joined the militia I had promised myself to kill one Fascist – after all, if each of us killed one they would soon be extinct.”

When I joined the militia I had promised myself to kill one Fascist – after all, if each of us killed one they would soon be extinct.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Never have ideas about children, and never have ideas for them.”

Never have ideas about children, and never have ideas for them.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.”

I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became truth.”

Records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became truth.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Writing a novel is agony.”

Writing a novel is agony.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.”

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.”

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “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.”

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.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The belly comes before the soul.”

The belly comes before the soul.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing.”

One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.”

Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.”

To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.”

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “People talk about the horrors of war, but what weapon has a man invented that even approaches in cruelty some of the commoner diseases? ‘Natural’ death, almost by defintion, means something slow, smelly and painful.”

People talk about the horrors of war, but what weapon has a man invented that even approaches in cruelty some of the commoner diseases? ‘Natural’ death, almost by defintion, means something slow, smelly and painful.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.”

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.”

It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.”

The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse – hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.”

Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse – hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.”

We are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.”

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. Women face childbed and the scrubbing brush, revolutionaries keep their mouths shut in the torture chamber, battleships go down with their guns still firing when their decks are awash.”

When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. Women face childbed and the scrubbing brush, revolutionaries keep their mouths shut in the torture chamber, battleships go down with their guns still firing when their decks are awash.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press.”

I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.”

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.”

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.”

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.”

Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Winston was gelatinous with fatigue.”

Winston was gelatinous with fatigue.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “An earthquake is such fun when it is over.”

An earthquake is such fun when it is over.

— George Orwell

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