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George Orwell Quote: “I do not think the Socialist need make any sacrifice of essentials, but certainly he will have to make a great sacrifice of externals. It would help enormously, for instance, if the smell of crankishness which still clings to the Socialist movement could be dispelled. If only the sandals and the pistachio-coloured shirts could be put in a pile and burnt, and every vegetarian, teetotaller and creeping Jesus sent home to Welwyn Garden City to do his yoga exercises quietly!”
George Orwell Quote: “Who cares?′ she said impatiently, ’it’s always one bloody war after another, and one knows the news is all lies anyway.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “The belly comes before the soul.”
George Orwell Quote: “Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.”
George Orwell Quote: “The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices.”
George Orwell Quote: “The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes.”
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.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity.”
George Orwell Quote: “Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible.”
George Orwell Quote: “It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours.”
George Orwell Quote: “Orthodoxy is the ability to say two and two make five when faith requires it.”
George Orwell Quote: “It was given out that the animals there practised cannibalism, tortured one another with red-hot horseshoes, and had their females in common. This was what came of rebelling against the laws of Nature, Frederick and Pilkington said.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “Inequality was the price of civilization.”
George Orwell Quote: “Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.”
George Orwell Quote: “In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.”
George Orwell Quote: “The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.”
George Orwell Quote: “Where there is equality there can be sanity.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”
George Orwell Quote: “Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “There exists a huge dump of worn-out metaphors which have lost all evocative power and are merely used because they save people the trouble of inventing phrases for themselves.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “Nothing exists except through human consciousness.”
George Orwell Quote: “Snobbishness, like hypocrisy, is a check upon behaviour whose value from a social point of view has been underrated.”
George Orwell Quote: “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.”
George Orwell Quote: “If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man.”
George Orwell Quote: “Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.”
George Orwell Quote: “One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.”
George Orwell Quote: “There are some situations from which one can only escape by acting like a devil or a lunatic.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
George Orwell Quote: “There is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion.”
George Orwell Quote: “It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.”
George Orwell Quote: “No one is patriotic about taxes.”
George Orwell Quote: “Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly.”
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