George Orwell Quotes

George Orwell Quotes: Never, for any reason on earth, could you wish for an increase in pain. Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop.
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.
Think of something you really care about. Then add hour to hour and calculate the fraction of your life that you've actually spent in doing it. And then calculate the time you've spent on things like shaving, riding to and fro on buses, waiting in railway junctions, swapping dirty stories, and reading the newspapers.
. . . it is a corrupting thing to live one's real life in secret. One should live with the stream of life, not against it.
But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire.   They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies.   If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning.   Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it?   And yet --!
As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unliveable to them unless they have tea and puddings.
There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word-- Man
Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round.
If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
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.
Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.
We believe half-instinctively that evil always defeats itself in the long run. Pacifism is founded largely on this belief. Don't resist evil, and it will somehow destroy itself. But why should it? What evidence is there that it does... unless conquered from the outside by military force?
People invent new machines and improve existing ones almost unconsciously, rather as a Somnambulist will go walking in his sleep. The interesting puzzle in our times is that we so willingly sleepwalk through the process of reconstituting the conditions of human existence.
Creeds like pacifism or anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics ... the more you are in the right (and) everybody else should be bullied into thinking otherwise.
Modern writing at its worst does not consist in picking out words for the sake of their meaning and inventing images in order to make the meaning clearer. It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug. The attraction of this way of writing is that it is easy.
The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.