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Eric Arthur Blair (June 25, 1903January 21, 1950), better known by the pen name George Orwell, was a British author and journalist. Noted as a political and cultural commentator, as well as an accomplished novelist, Orwell is ...

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Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
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?
One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
Four legs good, two legs bad.
Een scrupuleuze schrijver zal bij iedere zin die hij schrijft, zich minstens vier vragen stellen: 1. Wat probeer ik te zeggen? 2. Welke woorden zullen dit uitdrukken? 3. Welk beeld of idioom zal dit duidelijker maken? 4. Is dit beeld fris genoeg om een effect te hebben?
In sommige schrijfvormen, vooral in kunstkritiek en literaire kritiek, is het normaal om op lange passages te botsen die bijna niets van betekenis hebben.
De grote vijand van klare taal is oneerlijkheid. Wanneer er een kloof is tussen je echte bedoelingen en deze die je verkondigt, dan maak je als het ware instinctief gebruik van lange woorden en uitgeputte idomen, zoals een inktvis die inkt uitspuwt.
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.
The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life.
WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others
We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.
On the platform, as anyone used to public speaking knows, it is almost impossible not to take your tone from the audience. It is always obvious within a few minutes what they will respond to and what they will not, and in practice you are almost compelled to speak for the benefit of what you estimate as the stupidest person present, and also to ingratiate yourself by means of the ballyhoo known as "personality." If you don't do so, the result is always an atmosphere of frigid embarrassment.