Celebrate George Orwell’s birthday with his cutting, sardonic wit

If his ideas weren’t proven prescient, we’d call him a paranoid cynic.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

“People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”

“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.”

“Myths which are believed in tend to become true.”

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

“We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”

“We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.”

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

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

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

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

“He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.”

“The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.”

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

and always remember, “Big Brother is watching you”

quotes poached from Brainyquote

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