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King Orwell

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The inspiration for the Amerikan Exceptionalizm Series.

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

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand."

"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."

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

"Beautiful thing, the destruction of words. "

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

"Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."

"Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me."

"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. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself."

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

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

"Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."

"The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity."

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

"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."

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations."

"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."

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originalCzechball's avatar
Eric was anti-state...
DeathlessLegends13's avatar
A man dedicated to truth, clarity, and freedom.
BorisFedorov's avatar
True, true, but I must give credit to novelist like Aldous Huxley, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain, philosephers of the enlightenment and all great civilization and family for helping his conscience and the support.
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The-Laughing-Rabbit's avatar
I've always been a huge fan of George Orwell, an insightful man, with a captivating writing style, and a very interesting history. I also get endless enjoyment from right wing nut jobs who quote Orwell in an attempt to criticize the left and socialism, but fail to realize that Orwell was talking largely about capitalism and the far right in those quotes, but also, he was a straight up socialist.