George Orwell Quotes

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

George Orwell

An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. 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

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

George Orwell

In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.

George Orwell

Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.

George Orwell

The English are not happy unless they are miserable, the Irish are not at peace unless they are at war, and the Scots are not at home unless they are abroad.

George Orwell

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

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.

George Orwell

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism

George Orwell

To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men

George Orwell
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