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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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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