George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

George Orwell Quotes

  • ''No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. 1984, pt. 2, ch. 9 (1949). Extract from Goldstein's book.
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  • ''All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Animal Farm, ch. 10 (1945). The animals' Commandment. The original version in the book was "All animals are equal." The wording derives from Thomas Jefferson's Preamble to the American Declaration of Independence.
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  • ''He is as antisocial as a flea. Clearly, such people are undesirable, and a society in which they can flourish has something wrong with it.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 3, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali," (1944).
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  • ''Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. 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 (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 3, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali," (1944).
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  • ''The great disadvantage, and advantage, of the small urban bourgeois is his limited outlook. He sees the world as a middle- class world, and everything outside these limits is either laughable or slightly wicked.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
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  • ''Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British novelist. "Charles Dickens," Part 1 (1939).
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  • ''Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
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  • ''Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
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  • ''Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
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  • ''In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Coming Up for Air, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1939).
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Best Poem of George Orwell

A Dressed Man

A dressed man and a naked man
Stood by the kip-house fire,
Watching the sooty cooking-pots
That bubble on the wire;

And bidding tanners up and down,
Bargaining for a deal,
Naked skin for empty skin,
Clothes against a meal.

‘Ten bob it is,' the dressed man said,
‘These boots cost near a pound,
This coat's a blanket of itself.
When you kip on the frosty ground.'

‘One dollar,' said the nakd man,
‘And that's a hog too dear;
I've seen a man strip off his shirt
For a fag and a pot of beer.'

‘Eight and a tanner,' the dressed man ...

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A Little Poem

A happy vicar I might have been
Two hundred years ago
To preach upon eternal doom
And watch my walnuts grow;

But born, alas, in an evil time,
I missed that pleasant haven,
For the hair has grown on my upper lip
And the clergy are all clean-shaven.

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