Quotations From GEORGE ORWELL
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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human faceforever.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. O'Brien to Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949).
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Observer (London, April 8, 1945).
It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1949). Opening words.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1949). Ingsoc party slogan.
The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion. Desire was thoughtcrime.George Orwell (1903-1950), British novelist. Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part 1, sect. 6 (1948).
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 2, ch. 9 (1949). Extract from Goldstein's book; see also F. Scott Fitzgerald's comment under "intelligence."
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To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Collected Essays (1961). "Looking Back on the Spanish War," (1943).
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Collected Essays (1961). "Looking Back on the Spanish War," (1943).
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He is fiddling while Rome is burning, and, unlike the enormous majority of people who do this, fiddling with his face towards the flames.George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940). "It is as though you could hear a voice speaking to you," Orwell wrote of Henry Miller, "a friendly American voice, with no humbug in it, no moral purpose, merely an implicit assumption that we are all alike."
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