Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
(Mankind) is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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.
Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
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.
The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
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.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.