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21 Famous Quotes by George Orwell
6/25/1903 - 1/21/1950
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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Violence Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Generations Quotes, by George Orwell

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Insanity is my only means of relaxation

Insanity Quotes, by George Orwell

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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.

Sports Quotes, by George Orwell

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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents

Advertising Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Appearance Quotes, by George Orwell

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An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

Autobiography Quotes, by George Orwell

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Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or very foolish imagine otherwise

Balance Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Duty Quotes, by 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.

Insincerity Quotes, by George Orwell

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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

Jokes Quotes, by George Orwell

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Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

Jokes Quotes, by George Orwell

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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.

Perfection Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Politicians Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Control Quotes, by George Orwell

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

Goodness Quotes, by George Orwell

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Minds are like parachutes-- they only function when open. Thomas Dewar "Doublethink" means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. •George Orwell The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. •Henri L. Bergson Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out . . . People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. •Eleanor H. Porter The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes. •Henry Courtney A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. •Ralph Waldo Emerson Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. •Leonardo Da Vinci A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye. •Carolyn Wells Craftiness is a quality in the mind and a vice in the character. •S. Dubay A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. •Winston Churchill The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. •Sigmund Freud A feeble body weakens the mind. •Jean Jacques Rousseau Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. •Buckminster Fuller A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency. •Anthony Trollope We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. •Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably. •Jean de LaBruyere Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. •Napoleon Hill A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. •Martin Luther King, Jr. A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments. •Nicholas Hilliard A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. •Eugene Ionesco Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs. •Maxwell Maltz Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set. •Source Unknown The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it. •Michel de Montaigne If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't. •Lyall Watson Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. •Elbert Hubbard The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. •Colin Wilson Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed.

Mind Quotes, by George Orwell

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For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity.

Writers Quotes, by George Orwell

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

History Quotes, by George Orwell

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Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very sound or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

Life Quotes, by George Orwell

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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.

Sports Quotes, by George Orwell

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