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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.
—  George Orwell
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
—  George Orwell
Political chaos is connected with the decay of language ... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
—  George Orwell
An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
—  George Orwell
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
—  George Orwell
The best books ... are those that tell you what you know already.
—  George Orwell
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.
—  George Orwell
There are some things only intellectuals are crazy enough to believe.
—  George Orwell
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
—  George Orwell
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
—  George Orwell
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
—  George Orwell
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals.
—  George Orwell
To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.
—  George Orwell
In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all.
—  George Orwell

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