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The Wit and Wisdom of George Orwell 

George Orwell (Eric Blair) wrote 1984, one of the most important book of the last century - and this century so far...




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



Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death...[T]here is also the minority of gifted, wilful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong to this class.



Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.



I notice people always say '*under* Socialism.'  They look forward to being on top - with all the others underneath, being told what is good for them.



...the consequences of being at war, and therefore danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.



Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.



Liberal: a power worshipper without power.  





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



The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.


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


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.



All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. 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.



The tales about Goldstein and his underground army, she said, were simply a lot of rubbish which the Party had invented for its own purposes and which you had to pretend to believe in.  - from 1984




The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania  itself, "just to keep people frightened". - from 1984




"The object of persecution is persecution.  The object of torture is torture.  The object of power is power."  - from 1984




All that is needed [for control] is that a state of war should exist.  - from 1984







All of the above quotations belong to George Orwell.



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