George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

George Orwell Quotes

  • ''Myths which are believed in tend to become true.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 3, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "The English People," (1944).
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  • ''Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. The Lion and the Unicorn, pt. 1, "England Your England," (1941).
  • ''The high-water mark, so to speak, of Socialist literature is W.H. Auden, a sort of gutless Kipling.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. The Road to Wigan Pier, ch. 11 (1937).
  • ''I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. The Road to Wigan Pier, ch. 4 (1937). See also John Philpot Curran's comment under "liberty."
  • ''We of the sinking middle class ... may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose but our aitches.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. The Road to Wigan Pier, ch. 13 (1937).
  • ''The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Thoughts on the Common Toad," Shooting an Elephant (1950).
  • ''To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 2, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Who Are the War Criminals?" (1943).
  • ''Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Winston Smith, in 1984, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1949). Writing in his diary.
  • ''What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy.''
    George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949). Speaking of O'Brien.

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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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The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
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A dressed man and a naked man
Stood by the kip-house fire,
Watching the sooty cooking-pots
That bubble on the wire;

And bidding tanners up and down,
Bargaining for a deal,
Naked skin for empty skin,
Clothes against a meal.

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