George Orwell quotes speak significantly about war, writing and the catholic religion at times. He had issues with Nationalism and other social theories that existed in his day. He is considered an activist, though quite different to the likes of Martin Luther Jr. Orwell was known as a strong supporter of democratic socialism.
George Orwell, real name Eric Arthur Blair was an English critic, journalist, essayist and novelist. He was known for some very serious theories that pertained to the social livelihood of people in his time. Another writer and activist was Anne Frank, who can also be accessed on this site. Below are a number of his quotes.
“Good writing is like a windowpane.”
“Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time."
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
“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.”
“Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.”
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.”
“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.”
“It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.”
“Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.”
“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
“Big Brother is watching you.”
“In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
“In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.”
“It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.”
“Liberal: a power worshipper without power.”
“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
“No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.”
“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.”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”
“Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
“When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”
“Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.”
“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?”
“To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.”
“We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”
“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.”
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
“I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.”
“What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”
"A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.”
“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”
“Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.”
George Orwell quotes expressed his social theories that lashed out at the social practices that existed. He didn’t like war nor totalitarianism, both were an issue for him and he survived two world wars. A book was written about him and Winston Churchill who would have been the Prime Minister during the second world war. I hope there may be something in his quotes, controversial as they seem at times, that inspires.