Q – George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair 1903 – 1950 always wrote under the pen-name of George Orwell. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction and is best known for his works ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.

 

‘In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act’

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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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‘Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing’

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‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’

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‘Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility’

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‘Myths which are believed in, tend to come true’

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

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‘But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’

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

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‘To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle’

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‘The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it’

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‘Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else’

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‘In the face of pain there are no heroes’

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‘Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past’

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

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

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‘The best books… are those that tell you what you know already’

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‘Happiness can exist only in acceptance’

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‘Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible’

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‘Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent’

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‘If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them’

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