George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

George Orwell Quotes

  • ''The "Communism" of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Inside the Whale and Other Essays, "Inside the Whale," (1940).
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  • ''He left behind, as his essential contribution to literature, a large repertoire of jokes which survive because of their sheer neatness, and because of a certain intriguing uncertainty—which extends to Wilde himself—as to whether they really mean anything.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. BBC broadcast, Nov. 21, 1943. "Lady Windermere's Fan—A Commentary."
  • ''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).
  • ''If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics—a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage—surely that proves that you are in the right?''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
  • ''Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
  • ''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).
  • ''One of the effects of a safe and civilised life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Collected Essays (1961). "Looking Back on the Spanish War," (1943).
  • ''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).
  • ''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."
  • ''Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1949). Ingsoc party slogan.

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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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Romance

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.'

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