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 :: 1903-1950, British Author, ''Animal Farm''

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.
~ George Orwell - [Oppression]

 

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In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.
~ George Orwell - [Working Class]

 

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Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
~ George Orwell - [Language]

 

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Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
~ George Orwell - [Technology]

 

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Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness
~ George Orwell - [Happiness]

 

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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 - [Suffering]

 

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Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.
~ George Orwell - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
~ George Orwell - [Myth]

 

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Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
~ George Orwell - [Nationalities and Nationalism]

 

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No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
~ George Orwell - [Equality]

 

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No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
~ George Orwell - [School]

 

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Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
~ George Orwell - [Candor]

 

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On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
~ George Orwell - [Goodness]

 

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One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
~ George Orwell - [Children]

 

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One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
~ George Orwell - [Catholicism]

 

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One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
~ George Orwell - [Dictators and Dictatorship]

 

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One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.
~ George Orwell - [Sensitivity]

 

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Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
~ George Orwell - [Adulthood]

 

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Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
~ George Orwell - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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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.
~ George Orwell - [Power]

 

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