George Orwell Quotes

The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.

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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.

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The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

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The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

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All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.

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It's frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.

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So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

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Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

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That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

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Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me--

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The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

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A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud.

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However much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing.

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Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

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Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose

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Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day be day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right.

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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

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Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.

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All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.

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War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

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Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.

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The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.

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But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

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War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

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Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.

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Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils.

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We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.

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We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

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If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.

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Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

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Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me: There lie they, and here lie we Under the spreading chestnut tree.

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All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

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We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.

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Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.

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He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.

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There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language

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The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

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Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.

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All that was required of them (i.e. the brain-washed masses) was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.

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Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past." "He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.

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The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion.

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We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull.

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In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

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