George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

George Orwell Quotes

  • ''A family with the wrong members in control—that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "England Your England," pt. 1, The Lion and the Unicorn (1941).
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  • ''The existence of good bad literature—the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one's intellect simply refuses to take seriously—is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Good Bad Books," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
  • ''So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''To accept civilisation as it is practically means accepting decay.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism—robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''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."
  • ''Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).
  • ''Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Inside the Whale," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).

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Best Poem of George Orwell

Ironic Poem About Prostitution

When I was young and had no sense
In far-off Mandalay
I lost my heart to a Burmese girl
As lovely as the day.

Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,
Her teeth were ivory;
I said, 'for twenty silver pieces,
Maiden, sleep with me'.

She looked at me, so pure, so sad,
The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
Stood out for twenty-five.

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Summer-Like

Summer-like for an instant the autumn sun bursts out,
And the light through the turning elms is green and clear;
It slants down the path and ragged marigolds glow
Fiery again, last flames of the dying year.

A blue-tit darts with a flash of wings, to feed
Where the coconut hangs on the pear tree over the well;
He digs at the meat like a tiny pickaxe tapping
With his needle-sharp beak as he clings to the swinging shell.

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