George Orwell Quotes

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

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

One thing that Hitler and his frineds have demonstrated is what a relatively good time the intellectual has had during the past hundred years. After all, how does the persecution of Joyce, Lawrence, Whitman, Baudelaire, even Oscar Wilde, compare with the kind of thing that has been happening to Liberal intellectuals all over Europe since […]

But if, by 1945, there had grown up in Britain a large body of opinion sympathetic to Indian idependence, how far was this due to Gandhi’s personal influence? And if, as may happen, India and Britain finally settle down into a decent and friendly relationship, will this be because Gandhi, by keeping up his struggle […]

The three slogans of the party: “War is Peace” – “Freedom is Slavery” – “Ignorance is Strength.”

To accept an unorthodoxy is always to inherit unresolved contradictions.

A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.

Victory Mansions were old flats, built in 1930 or thereabouts, and were falling to pieces. The plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the roof leaked whenever there was snow, the heating system was usually running at half steam when it was not closed down altogether from motives […]

All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place. The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one in which Winston worked, consisted simply of […]

He (Winston Smith) took up his glass and sniffed at it. The stuff grew not less but more horrible with every mouthful he drank. But it had become the element he swam in. It was his life, his death, and his resurrection. It was gin that sank him into stupor every night, and gin that […]