George Orwell's Quotes

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1 [on Stalinist Russia] People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die in Arctic lumber camps. This is called 'elimination of unreliable elements'.Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.
2 [on British imperialism] Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets. This is called 'pacification'.
3 Take away freedom of speech, and the creative faculties dry up.
4 No one, at any rate no English writer, has written better about childhood than Dickens.
5 England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during 'God Save the King' than of stealing from the poorbox.
6 At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.
7 Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
8 If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
9 One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
10 As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
11 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.
12 Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
13 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.... Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings." [1950] "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." "As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents." "One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence." "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." "Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
14 No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
15 He who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.
16 Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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