A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
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.
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Big Brother is watching you.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
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.
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.
Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
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.
Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
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.
Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
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.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more of less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent.
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
War is war. The only good human being is a dead one.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.
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.