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George Orwell quotes

At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

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

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

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.

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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.