George Orwell Sayings

Some great words of George Orwell….

On Innate Patriotism

“To this day it gives me a faint feeling of sacrilege not to stand to attention during ‘God save the King’.”

On Truth

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

On the Real Issue in Politics

“The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”

On the Dangers of Collectivism

“It cannot be said too often—at any rate, it is not being said nearly often enough—that collectivism is not inherently democratic, but, on the contrary, gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never dreamed of.”

On the Pervasiveness of Politics

“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.”

Some Wisdom

“if we kill all pleasure in the actual process of life, what sort of future are we preparing for ourselves? If a man cannot enjoy the return of spring, why should he be happy in a labour-saving Utopia? What will he do with the leisure that the machine will give him?”

On Patriotism vs. Pseudo Intellectualism

“It is all very well to be ‘advanced’ and ‘enlightened,’ to snigger at Colonel Blimp and proclaim your emancipation from all traditional loyalties, but a time comes when the sand of the desert is sodden red and what have I done for thee, England, my England? As I was brought up in this tradition myself I can recognise it under strange disguises, and also sympathise with it, for even at its stupidest and most sentimental it is a comelier thing than the shallow self-righteousness of the left-wing intelligentsia.”

On Socialist Elitism

“The truth is that to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which ‘we,’ the clever ones, are going to impose upon ‘them,’ the Lower Orders.”

On Beggars

“Beggars do not work, … but then, what is work? … A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, bronchitis etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course — but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless.”

On Defeating Extremism

“always disagree, however, when people end up saying that we can only combat Communism, Fascism or what not if we develop an equal fanaticism. It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but … by using one’s intelligence.”

On Pacifists

“There is a minority of intellectual pacifists whose real though un-admitted motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States.”

Some Wisdom

“…public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law…”

On War

“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

On Self Defence

“If you throw away your weapons, some less scrupulous person will pick them up. If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.”

On Nationalism

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

On Sport

“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.

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On Political Sophism
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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.”
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On A Human Folly
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“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it…”
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On Warmongers
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“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
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On the Dangers of Modern Warfare
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“To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.”
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1984 Movie = A Warning Against Totalitarianism

1984 Audio Book = A Warning Against Totalitarianism

Animal Farm = Another Warning Against Totalitarianism

1984 Guttenberg

Animal Farm Guttenberg

George Orwell a Life in Pictures

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