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1903 - 1950, English novelist

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
George Orwell

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to
hear.
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In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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Big Brother is watching you.
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Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and
wiser than the one that comes after it.
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Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
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Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or
aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings.
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Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy
but towards the reimposition of slavery.
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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. The
object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is
power.
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Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
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To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
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Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
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War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the
depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too
comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
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There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
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We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
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We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on
those who would do us harm.
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Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
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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.
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To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more
than others.
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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.
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Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
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People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most
grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
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The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both
honest and intelligent.
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Four legs good, two legs bad.
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There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher's daughter.
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High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat
always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it
comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
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The fallacy is to believe that under a dictatorial government you can be free inside.
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To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
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I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards.
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You can have affection for a murderer or a sodomite, but you cannot have affection for a man
whose breath stinks.
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The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
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It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on
the contrary by using one's intelligence.
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Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
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No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought
human equality a millimeter nearer.
George Orwell

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