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War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.


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"War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent." Make picture quote!
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." Make picture quote!
"When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic." Make picture quote!
"Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion." Make picture quote!
"What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?" Make picture quote!
"We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose." Make picture quote!
"Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there." Make picture quote!
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Make picture quote!
"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Make picture quote!
"The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth." Make picture quote!
"War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil." Make picture quote!
"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." Make picture quote!
"To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization." Make picture quote!
"To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself." Make picture quote!
"To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others." Make picture quote!
"There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more of less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction." Make picture quote!
"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them." Make picture quote!
"The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history." Make picture quote!
"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Make picture quote!
"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness." Make picture quote!
"Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism." Make picture quote!
"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship." Make picture quote!
"In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible." Make picture quote!
"One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return." Make picture quote!
"On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." Make picture quote!
"Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia." Make picture quote!
"Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards." Make picture quote!
"No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy." Make picture quote!
"No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer." Make picture quote!
"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception." Make picture quote!
"We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun." Make picture quote!
"Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be." Make picture quote!
"Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings." Make picture quote!
"Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end." Make picture quote!
"Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell." Make picture quote!
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals." Make picture quote!
"Liberal: a power worshipper without power." Make picture quote!
"Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers." Make picture quote!
"Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant." Make picture quote!
"It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane." Make picture quote!
"It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Myths which are believed in tend to become true." Make picture quote!
"Good writing is like a windowpane." Make picture quote!
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Make picture quote!
"Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing." Make picture quote!
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." Make picture quote!
"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." Make picture quote!
"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper." Make picture quote!
"Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility." Make picture quote!
"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." Make picture quote!
"For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity." Make picture quote!
"Four legs good, two legs bad." Make picture quote!
"The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Make picture quote!
"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents." Make picture quote!
"Happiness can exist only in acceptance." Make picture quote!
"He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him." Make picture quote!
"I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment." Make picture quote!
"I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt." Make picture quote!
"I'm fat, but I'm thin inside... there's a thin man inside every fat man." Make picture quote!
"If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?" Make picture quote!
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." Make picture quote!
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows." Make picture quote!
"Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent." Make picture quote!
"The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor." Make picture quote!
"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection." Make picture quote!
"The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent." Make picture quote!
"The best books... are those that tell you what you know already." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature." Make picture quote!
"The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded." Make picture quote!
"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." Make picture quote!
"Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice." Make picture quote!
"So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot." Make picture quote!
"Big Brother is watching you." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"At fifty everyone has the face he deserves." Make picture quote!
"Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever." Make picture quote!
"Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing." Make picture quote!
"A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion." Make picture quote!
"A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase." Make picture quote!
"A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him." Make picture quote!
"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket." Make picture quote!
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." Make picture quote!
"As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me." Make picture quote!
"Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below." Make picture quote!
"Serious sport is war minus the shooting." Make picture quote!
"One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up." Make picture quote!
"Advertising is the rattle of a stick inside a swill bucket." Make picture quote!
"He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past." Make picture quote!
"It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon --so long as there is no answer to it-- gives claws to the weak." Make picture quote!
"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals." Make picture quote!
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." Make picture quote!
"Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and persistent work. Never believe that you are perfect. When a man imagines, even after years of striving, that he has att" Make picture quote!




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