Quotes by George Orwell

George Orwell

George Orwell

English writer (ps. of Eric Blair)

Alive from: 1903-1950

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.
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    On the whole human beings want to be good, but not to good and not quite all the time.
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    On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
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    One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
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    One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
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    One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
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    One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.
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    Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.
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    Pessimism is reactionary because it makes the very idea of improving the world impossible.
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    Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
    Source: Politics and the English Language (1945)
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    Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
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    Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils.
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    Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.
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    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.
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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.
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