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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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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

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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. George Orwell

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34 3
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. George Orwell

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46 6
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot. George Orwell

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

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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. George Orwell

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31 3
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell

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35 4
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. George Orwell

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18 1
To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay. George Orwell

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24 2
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

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23 2
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. George Orwell

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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. George Orwell

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25 3
WAR IS PEACEFREEDOM IS SLAVERYIGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. George Orwell

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32 5
One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up. George Orwell

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35 6
A liberal is a power worshipper without the power. George Orwell

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15 1
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. George Orwell

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

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20 2
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. George Orwell

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29 6
Four legs good, two legs bad. George Orwell

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18 2
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? George Orwell

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18 2
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. George Orwell

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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion. George Orwell

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12 1
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time. George Orwell

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12 1
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. George Orwell

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12 1
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers. George Orwell