Friday, January 1, 2010

George Orwell

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

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

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.

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.

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

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

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

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

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.

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.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

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

We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

~ George Orwell