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The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.
The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
It's frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.
A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
However much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me--
A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose
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.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.
Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me: There lie they, and here lie we Under the spreading chestnut tree.
All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.
There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language
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.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils.
The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
The secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s own infallibility with a power to learn from past mistakes.
Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles.