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GEORGE ORWELL
(PSEUDONYM OF ERIC BLAIR)
English novelist
(1903 - 1950)
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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]

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
      - [Advertising]

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
      - [Deceit]

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
      - [Children]

Good writing is like a windowpane.
      - [Writing]

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

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
      - [Saints]

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

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
      - [Feeling]

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

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
      - [Patriotism]

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent.
      - [Saints]

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

Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
      - [Society]

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
      - [Obviousness]

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
      - [Jokes]

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
      - [War]

To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.
      - [Ideas]

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

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
      - [War]

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

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
      - 1984 [Control]

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
      - 1984 (pt. 1, ch. 1) [Speech]

Big Brother is watching you.
      - 1984 (pt. I, ch. 5) [Government]

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
      - Animal Farm [Equality]


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