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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. 

 

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.

 

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

 

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

 

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. 

 

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

 

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

 

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

 

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.

 

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

 

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.

 

Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be. Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

 

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

 

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.

 

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.

 

Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.

 

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

 

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.

 

 

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

 

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

 

Serious sport is war minus the shooting.

 

Society has always to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.

 

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

 

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. 

 

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.

 

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

 

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

 

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

 

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.

 

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

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