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George Orwell Quote: “If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens.”

If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.”

He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.”

One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon.”

The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.”

All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid; but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid.”

No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid; but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The weariness of the cell is the vigour of the organism.”

The weariness of the cell is the vigour of the organism.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.”

In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One must choose between God and Man, and all “radicals” and “progressives”, from the mildest liberal to the most extreme anarchist, have in effect chosen Man.”

One must choose between God and Man, and all “radicals” and “progressives”, from the mildest liberal to the most extreme anarchist, have in effect chosen Man.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I am afraid of death. You are young, so presumably you’re more afraid of it than I am. Obviously we shall put if off as long as we can. But it makes very little difference. So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.”

I am afraid of death. You are young, so presumably you’re more afraid of it than I am. Obviously we shall put if off as long as we can. But it makes very little difference. So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Some things ARE true, even though the party says they are true.”

Some things ARE true, even though the party says they are true.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Lack of money means discomfort, means squalid worries, means shortage of tobacco, means ever-present consciousness of failure-above all, it means loneliness.”

Lack of money means discomfort, means squalid worries, means shortage of tobacco, means ever-present consciousness of failure-above all, it means loneliness.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.”

This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards.”

I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys.”

When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.”

Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.”

The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”

No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We have sunk so low it has become the obligation of every decent, thinking individual to re-state the obvious!”

We have sunk so low it has become the obligation of every decent, thinking individual to re-state the obvious!

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.”

It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Man’s greatest drive is not love or hate but to change another person’s writing.”

Man’s greatest drive is not love or hate but to change another person’s writing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except “Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it”? Money has become the grand test of virtue.”

In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except “Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it”? Money has become the grand test of virtue.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Some hams hanging in the kitchen were taken out for burial.”

Some hams hanging in the kitchen were taken out for burial.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only ‘doing their duty’”

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only ‘doing their duty’

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.”

One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If there really is such a thing as turning in one’s grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise.”

If there really is such a thing as turning in one’s grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.”

But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually, the three philosophies are barely distinguishable...”

The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually, the three philosophies are barely distinguishable...

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.”

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”

You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.”

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool.”

I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The more men you’ve had, the more I love you.”

The more men you’ve had, the more I love you.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare.”

The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”

We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss.”

Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes.”

The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He drove his mind into the abyss where poetry is written.”

He drove his mind into the abyss where poetry is written.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The plant is blind but it knows enough to keep pushing upwards towards the light, and it will continue to do this in the face of endless discouragements.”

The plant is blind but it knows enough to keep pushing upwards towards the light, and it will continue to do this in the face of endless discouragements.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, waxwork displays, film shows, telescreen programs all had to be organized; stands had to be erected, effigies built, slogans coined, songs written, rumours circulated, photographs faked.”

Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, waxwork displays, film shows, telescreen programs all had to be organized; stands had to be erected, effigies built, slogans coined, songs written, rumours circulated, photographs faked.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “How could you communicate with the future? It was impossible. Either the future would resemble the present in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.”

How could you communicate with the future? It was impossible. Either the future would resemble the present in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The Party is not interested in the overt act. The thought is all we care about.”

The Party is not interested in the overt act. The thought is all we care about.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “What is to be expected of them is not treachery, or physcial cowardice, but stupidity, unconscious sabotage, an infallible instinct for doing the wrong thing.”

What is to be expected of them is not treachery, or physcial cowardice, but stupidity, unconscious sabotage, an infallible instinct for doing the wrong thing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You were the dead; theirs was the future.”

You were the dead; theirs was the future.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.”

The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A machine evolves by becoming more efficient, that is, more foolproof; hence the objective of mechanical progress is a foolproof world – which may or may not mean a world inhabited by fools.”

A machine evolves by becoming more efficient, that is, more foolproof; hence the objective of mechanical progress is a foolproof world – which may or may not mean a world inhabited by fools.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Is not anyone with any degree of mental honesty conscious of telling lies all day long, both in talking and writing, simply because lies will fall into artistic shape when truth will not?”

Is not anyone with any degree of mental honesty conscious of telling lies all day long, both in talking and writing, simply because lies will fall into artistic shape when truth will not?

— George Orwell

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