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George Orwell

George Orwell was the pen name of British novelist, essayist, and journalist Eric Arthur Blair (1903-06-25 1950-01-21).
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He who controls the present, controls the past.He who controls the past, controls the future.

George Orwell

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.

George Orwell

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

George Orwell

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

George Orwell

Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

George Orwell

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 spurting out ink.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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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Freedom is the right to say two plus two make four. If granted, all else follows.

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At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.

George Orwell

War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.

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If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?

George Orwell

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

George Orwell

When man turns tyrant it is his own freedom he destroys.

George Orwell

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad.

George Orwell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

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Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

George Orwell

The future is a boot smashing a human face forever.

George Orwell

The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.

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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

George Orwell

He who controls the past controls the future.

George Orwell

In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane.

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They can make you say anything - ANYTHING - but they can't make you believe it.

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

George Orwell

The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

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