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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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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Kitchener

No stone is set to mark his nation's loss,
No stately tomb enshrines his noble breast;
Not e'en the tribute of a wooden cross
Can mark this hero's rest.
He needs them not, his name untarnished stands,
Remindful of the mighty deeds he worked,
Footprints of one, upon time's changeful sands,
Who ne'er his duty shirked.

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