Given a good pitch and the right amount of capital, any educated person ought to be able to make a small secure living out of a bookshop.

George Orwell

George Orwell

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Essentially, a ‘smart' hotel is a place where a hundred people toil like devils in order that two hundred may pay through the nose for things they do not really want.

Let us not pretend that we go into this war with clean hands. It is only while we cling to the consciousness that our hands are not clean that we retain the right to defend ourselves.

Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness.

The Party is not concerned with perpetuating its blood but with perpetuating itself.

Reality is inside the skull.

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

There is now a widespread tendency to argue that one can only defend democracy by totalitarian methods. If one loves democracy, the argument runs, one must crush its enemies by no matter what means.

Pacifism is a tenable position, provided that you are prepared to live with the consequences.

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

In practice the democratic ‘revolutionary' type of discipline is more reliable than might be expected.

All Spaniards, we discovered, knew two English expressions. One was ‘OK, baby,' the other was a word used by the Barcelona whores in their dealings with English sailors, and I am afraid the compositors would not print it.

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer...