23 Best George Orwell Quotes From 1984 Book on War, Nationalism & Revolution

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Eric Arthur Blair, who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. Below are some of the best quotes by George Orwell from his 1984 books. George Orwell’s work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Download George Orwell Books & Novel.

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell Quotes From 1984 Book on War, Nationalism & Revolution instagram facebook twitter pinterest
In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. Quote by George Orwell
War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. Quote by George Orwell
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. Quote by George Orwell
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

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

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. Quote by George Orwell
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

War is war. The only good human being is a dead one. Quote by George Orwell
War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. Quote by George Orwell
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred and always stronger than internationalism. Quote by George Orwell
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred and always stronger than internationalism.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution, one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. Quote by George Orwell
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution, one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

Happiness can only exist in acceptance. Quote by George Orwell
Happiness can only exist in acceptance.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. Quote by George Orwell
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. Quote by George Orwell
Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.

Big brother is watching you. Quote by George Orwell
Big brother is watching you.

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Quote by George Orwell
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. Quote by George Orwell
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. Quote by George Orwell
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. Quote by George Orwell
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. Quote by George Orwell
Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility. Quote by George Orwell
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.

The best books are those that tell you what you know already. Quote by George Orwell
The best books are those that tell you what you know already.

Four legs good, two legs bad. Quote by George Orwell
Four legs good, two legs bad.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it and wiser than the one that comes after it. Quote by George Orwell
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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George Orwell Biography

I was born in 1903 at Motihari, Bengal, the second child of an Anglo-Indian family. I was educated at Eton, 1917-21, as I had been lucky enough to win a scholarship, but I did no work there and learned very little, and I don’t feel that Eton has been much of a formative influence in my life.

From 1922 to 1927 I served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. I gave it up partly because the climate had ruined my health, partly because I already had vague ideas of writing books, but mainly because I could not go on any longer serving an imperialism which I had come to regard as very largely a racket. When I came back to Europe I lived for about a year and a half in Paris, writing novels and short stories which no one would publish. After my money came to an end I had several years of fairly severe poverty during which I was, among other things, a dish-washer, a private tutor and a teacher in cheap private schools. For a year or more I was also a part-time assistant in a London bookshop, a job which was interesting in itself but had the disadvantage of compelling me to live in London, which I detest. By about 1935 I was able to live on what I earned by writing, and at the end of that year I moved into the country and set up a small general store. It barely paid its way, but it taught me things about the trade which would be useful if I ever made a venture in that direction again. I was married in the summer of 1936. At the end of the year I went to Spain to take part in the Civil War, my wife following soon afterwards. I served four months on the Aragon front with the P.O.U.M. militia and was rather badly wounded, but luckily with no serious after-effects. Since that, except for spending a winter in Morocco, I cannot honestly say that I have done anything except write books and raise hens and vegetables.

What I saw in Spain, and what I have seen since the inner workings of left-wing political parties, have given me a horror of politics. I was for a while a member of the Independent Labour Party, but left them at the beginning of the present war because I considered that they were talking nonsense and proposing a line of policy that could only make things easier for Hitler. In sentiment I am definitely “left”, but I believe that a writer can only remain honest if he keeps free of party labels.

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The writers I care most about and never grow tired of are Shakespeare, Swift, Fielding, Dickens, Charles Reade, Samuel Butler, Zola, Flaubert and, among modern writers, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence. But I believe the modern writer who has influenced me most is Somerset Maugham, whom I admire immensely for his power of telling a story straightforwardly and without frills. Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening, especially vegetable gardening. I like English cookery and English beer, French red wines, Spanish white wines, Indian tea, strong tobacco, coal fires, candlelight and comfortable chairs. I dislike big towns, noise, motor cars, the radio, tinned food, central heating and “modern” furniture. My wife’s tastes fit in almost perfectly with my own. My health is wretched, but it has never prevented me from doing anything that I wanted to, except, so far, fight in the present war. I ought perhaps to mention that though this account that I have given of myself is true, George Orwell is not my real name.

I am not at the moment writing a novel, chiefly owing to upsets caused by the war. But I am projecting a long novel in three parts, to be called either The Lion and the Unicorn or The Quick and the Dead, and hope to produce the first part by some time in 1941.

Publications: Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). Burmese Days (published in America before being published in a slightly bowdlerized form in England, 1934). A Clergyman’s Daughter (1935). Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936). The Road to Wigan Pier (1937). Homage to Catalonia (1938). Coming up for Air (1939). Inside the Whale (1940).

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    Cavigny [ Reply ]

    Hello, I like your layouts of the orwell quotes. I would like to translate them into French. Either I send you the texts, or you send me the pictures and I put the translations in them?

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