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    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face-for ever.
    — George Orwell
    tags: future  human  imagine 
     
    In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
    — George Orwell
    tags: time  truth 
     
    There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.
    — George Orwell
    tags: believe  ideas  absurd 
     
    At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.
    — George Orwell
    On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
    — George Orwell
    tags: time  human 
     
    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. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
    — George Orwell
    tags: power  revolution 
     
    If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
    — George Orwell
    tags: people  thinking  write 
     
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
    — George Orwell
    tags: people  right  liberty 
     
    Society has always to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
    — George Orwell
    tags: society  human 
     
    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
    — George Orwell
    tags: men 
     
    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.
    — George Orwell
    tags: power  revolution 
     
    We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
    — George Orwell
    tags: men  violence  sleep  night 
     
    Men use up their lives in heart-breaking political struggles, or get themselves killed in civil wars, or tortured in the secret prisons of the Gestapo, not in order to establish some central-heated, air-conditioned, strip-lighted Paradise, but because they want a world in which human beings love one another instead of swindling and murdering one another.
    — George Orwell
    The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.
    — George Orwell
    tags: truth  society  hate 
     
    For weeks past he had been making ready for this moment, and it had never crossed his mind that anything would be needed except courage. The actual writing would be easy. All he had to do was to transfer to paper the interminable restless monologue that had been running inside his head, literally for years.
    — George Orwell
    tags: past  moment  running  mind  writing  courage  year 
     
    Freedom is the right to tell others what they don't want to hear.
    — George Orwell
    tags: freedom  right 
     
    The common people, on the whole, are still living in the world of absolute good and evil from which the intellectuals have long since escaped.
    — George Orwell
    tags: evil  people  living  world 
     
    Fate seemed to be playing a series of extraordinarily unamusing jokes.
    — George Orwell
    tags: fate 
     
    It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.
    — George Orwell
    tags: people  society  live  thinking 
     
    In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc.
    — George Orwell
    Think of something you really care about. Then add hour to hour and calculate the fraction of your life that you've actually spent in doing it. And then calculate the time you've spent on things like shaving, riding to and fro on buses, waiting in railway junctions, swapping dirty stories, and reading the newspapers.
    — George Orwell
    tags: time  care  reading  stories 
     
    Cricket is a game full or forlorn hopes and sudden dramatic changes of fortune and its rules are so ill-defined that their interpretation is partly an ethical business.
    — George Orwell
    tags: rules  hope  business  games 
     
    The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life ... A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors... Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.
    — George Orwell
    tags: power  persistence  rules 
     
    Preventive war is a crime not easily committed by a country that retains any traces of democracy.
    — George Orwell
    tags: crimes  democracy  war 
     
    Using the word "political' in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples' idea of the kind of society that they should strive after. Once again, no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.
    — George Orwell
    I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?
    — George Orwell
    tags: men 
     
    The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.
    — George Orwell
    tags: truth  past  lies 
     
    ... ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance... A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon - so long as there is no answer to it - gives claws to the weak.
    — George Orwell
    tags: chance  people  age  strong  complex 
     
    One must choose between God and Man, and all "radicals" and "progressives", from the mildest liberal to the most extreme anarchist, have in effect chosen Man.
    — George Orwell
    tags: men  god  extreme 
     
    The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existance, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it.
    — George Orwell
    tags: past  memory  human  control  mind 
     
    ...to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife...
    — George Orwell
    It's frightful that people who are so ignorant have so much influence.
    — George Orwell
    tags: people  influence 
     
    The Party is not interested in the overt act. The thought is all we care about.
    — George Orwell
    tags: thoughts  care 
     
    Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.
    — George Orwell
    tags: people  novel 
     
    A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
    — George Orwell
    tags: men  lying 
     
    Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
    — George Orwell
    tags: language  creation  poet 
     
    But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
    — George Orwell
    tags: struggle  victory 
     
    To say "I accept" in an age like our own is to say that you accept concentration-camps, rubber truncheons, Hitler, Stalin, bombs, aeroplanes, tinned food, machine guns, putsches, purges, slogans, Bedaux belts, gas-masks, submarines, spies, provocateurs, press-censorship, secret prisons, aspirins, Hollywood films and political murder.
    — George Orwell
    How could you communicate with the future? It was impossible. Either the future would resemble the present in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.
    — George Orwell
    Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
    — George Orwell
    tags: author  worth 
     
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    george orwell
    Birth    : June 25, 1903
    Death  : January 21, 1950
    Occupation  : Novelist