乔治·奥威尔短篇作品  乔治·奥威尔的二十九句话


  1. Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.


  2.Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.


  3. This age makes me so sick that sometimes I am almost impelled to stop at a corner and start calling down curse from Heaven like Jeremiah or Ezra.


  4.Seen in the mass, five or ten thousand at a time, books were boring and even slightly sickening.


  5.Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

  谁控制了过去,谁就控制了未来;谁控制了现在,谁就控制了过去。 ——《一九八四

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


  7. No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.

  谁也不能在回首校园时代时真心真意地说那段日子完全不快乐。 ——《如此欢乐童年》

  8.In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.


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


  10.Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.


  11.All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.


  12.Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.


  13.Liberal - a power worshipper without power.


  14. 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.


  15.Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.


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


  17.Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.


  18.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.


  19.Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.


  20.All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of 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.


  22.Good prose is like a windowpane.


  23.You can go on and on telling lies, and the most palpable lies at that, and even if they are not actually believed, there is no strong revulsion. We are all drowning in filth…I feel that interlectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth…Is there no one who has both firm opinions and a balanced outlook? Actually there are plenty, but they are powerless. All power is in the hands of paranoiacs.


  24.The weak have the right to make a different set of rules for themselves.


  25. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.


  26.Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.


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


  28.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.


  29.Nine times out of ten a revolutionary is merely a climber with a bomb in his pocket.