George Orwell and 1984: How Freedom Dies and the rise of totalitarianism.

 

Here are 22 George Orwell quotes to make you stop and think:

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In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

 

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

 

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

 

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

 

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

 

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

 

In the face of pain there are no heroes.

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Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

 

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.

 

The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.

 

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

 

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

 

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

 

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

 

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

 

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

 

If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.

 

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.

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If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.

 

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

 

The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief.

 

In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.

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