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George Orwell Quotes

(1903-1950), British Author, ''Animal Farm''

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

Category: Jokes And Jokers

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

Category: Language

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.

Category: Language

To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.

Category: Language

The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.

Category: Leaders And Leadership

A liberal is a power worshipper without the power.

Category: Liberals

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.

Category: Literature

The existence of good bad literature --the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one's intellect simply refuses to take seriously --is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.

Category: Literature

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.

Category: Love

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?

Category: Madness

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.

Category: Middle Class

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.

Category: Modern And Modernism

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

Category: Myth

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

Category: Nationalities And Nationalism

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

Category: Newspapers