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War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
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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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Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
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War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
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Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
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On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
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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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We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
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A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
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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.
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Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
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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.
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As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
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At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
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Big Brother is watching you.
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But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
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Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
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During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
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Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
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Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
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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.
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For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity.
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Four legs good, two legs bad.
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Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
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Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
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Good writing is like a windowpane.
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Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
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He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
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I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
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I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
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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?
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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
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I'm fat, but I'm thin inside... there's a thin man inside every fat man.
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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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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.
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In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
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In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
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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.
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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.
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Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.
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Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
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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.
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Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
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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.
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