The earthly paradise had been discredited at exactly the moment when it became realisable.

George Orwell

George Orwell

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Progress is not an illusion; it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin.

And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.

The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.

The result of this is that so-called peace propaganda is just as dishonest and intellectually disgusting as war propaganda. Like war propaganda, it concentrates on putting forward a ‘case', obscuring the opponent's point of view and avoiding awkward questions.

War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comforable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.

Cut off from contact with the outer world, and with the past, the citizen of Oceania is like a man in interstellar space, who has no way of knowing which direction is up and which is down. The rulers of such a state are absolute, as the Pharaohs or the Caesars could not be.

I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.

You are thinking.'' he said. ''that my face is old and tired. You are thinking that I talk of power, and yet I am not even able to prevent the decay of my own body. Can you not understand, Winston, that the individual is only a cell? The weariness of the cell is the vigour of the organism.

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.

Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. At one time it had been a sign of madness to believe that the earth goes round the sun: today, to believe that the past is unalterable.

All happenings are in the mind. Whatever happens in all minds, truly happens.