George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

George Orwell Quotes

  • ''The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion. Desire was thoughtcrime.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British novelist. Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part 1, sect. 6 (1948).
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  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Collected Essays (1961). "Notes on Nationalism," (1945).
  • ''Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. O'Brien to Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949).
  • ''If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. O'Brien to Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949).
  • ''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).
  • ''In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Shooting an Elephant (1950). "Politics and the English Language," (1946).
  • ''The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
  • ''Liberal—a power worshipper without power.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant (1950).

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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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