"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."George Orwell on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."George Orwell on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."George Orwell on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."George Orwell on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."George Orwell on Winston Churchill
"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."
"Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards."
"The best books... are those that tell you what you know already."
"Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below."
"I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment."