George Orwell’s Top Ten Conflict Tips

I have always found George Orwell (1903-1950) makes me think. So I thought I would compile some of his more memorable quotes as they apply to conflict as one of our regular Top Ten Conflict Tips: 

  1. In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
  2. He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
  3. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.
  4. Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
  5. The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
  6. Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
  7. To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle…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.
  8. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
  9. There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.
  10. Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence


Here is George:

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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