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Quotes By George Orwell


Famous Quotes & Quotations By George Orwell:

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. 
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Advertising.

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Language.

Contrary to popular belief, the past was not more eventful than the present. If it seems so it is because when you look backward things that happened years apart are telescoped together, and because very few of your memories come to you genuinely virgin.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: memories.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face - forever.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Future, Society.

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 Quotes - Category: Politics.

One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark, its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase - some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse - into the dustbin where it belongs.
~ George Orwell Quotes, Politics and the English Language, Shooting an Elephant, 1950 - Category: Politics.

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... there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Sport.

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 Quotes, Shooting an Elephant, 1950 - Category: Lies, Police, Society.

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 if it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Language.

We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.
~ George Orwell Quotes - Category: Military.

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
~ George Orwell Quotes, Why I Write, 1947 - Category: Writing.

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