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To walk through the ruined

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

– George Orwell

The object of power is

The object of power is power.

– George Orwell

We know that no one

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

– George Orwell

A plongeur is a slave

“A plongeur is a slave, and a wasted slave, doing stupid and largely unnecessary work. He is kept at work, ultimately, because of a vague feeling that he would be dangerous if he had leisure. And educated people, who should be on his side, acquiesce in the process, because they know nothing about him and consequently are afraid of him.”

– George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Political language is designed to

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

– George Orwell

At everyone has the face

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves

– George Orwell

“At age 50 every man has the face he deserves.”

“At age 50 every man has the face he deserves.”

– George Orwell

The face he deserves

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
– George Orwell

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
– George Orwell

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
– George Orwell

He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
– George Orwell

The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
– George Orwell

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
– George Orwell

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The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
– George Orwell

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
– George Orwell

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
– George Orwell

Category: Past Quotes | No comments

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past,controls the future.
– George Orwell

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
– George Orwell

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
– George Orwell

To see what is in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle.
– George Orwell