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A list of the best George Orwell quotes. This list is arranged by which famous George Orwell quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest George Orwell quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from George Orwell should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable George Orwell quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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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. Radicals

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    Four legs good, two legs bad. Animal

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    To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle. Common sense

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    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. Language

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    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. Middle class

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

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    Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. Past

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    WAR IS PEACEFREEDOM IS SLAVERYIGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. Uncategorised

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    A liberal is a power worshipper without the power. Liberals

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    One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up. Catholicism

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    To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. Survival

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    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. Power

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    Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness Happiness

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

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

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    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. Literature

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    Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. Saint

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    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. Modern and Modernism

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    Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. Nationalities and Nationalism

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

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    Throughout recorded time... there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other. The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. Class

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    To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous. General

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    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? Madness

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

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    A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion. Jokes and Jokers

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    He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer. Writers and Writing

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    A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him. Tragedy

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    Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. Sports

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    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. Writers and Writing

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    One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return. Children

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    To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay. Civilization

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    The main motive for nonattachment is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work. Asceticism

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    For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him. Acceptance

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    He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him). Atheism

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    The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time. Intelligence and Intellectuals

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

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

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    The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life. Youth

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

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    In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him. Working class

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    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. Autobiography

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    The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated. Communism and Socialism

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    There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. War

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    Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below. Adulthood

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    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. Language

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    But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit. Spirit and Spirituality

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    Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there. School

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    No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy. School

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

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