To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone- to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink - greetings!
All men are enemies. All animals are comrades
Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.
One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that no ordinary man could be such a fool.
For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.
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.
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.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
I'm fat, but I'm thin inside... there's a thin man inside every fat man.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim -- for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittenly conscious of anything outside their daily lives -- is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.
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.
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
More George Orwell Quotations (Based on Topics)
War & Peace - Future - Man - Life - Mind - World - Past - Thought & Thinking - Time - Love - Parties - Power - Language - People - Lies & Deceit - Faces - Hatred - Truth - Books - View All George Orwell Quotations
More George Orwell Quotations (By Book Titles)
- Animal Farm
Og Mandino - Napolean Hill - Marcel Proust - C. S. Lewis - Aesop - Tertullian - Robert Kiyosaki - Richard Carlson - Nora Roberts - Emily Post