George Orwell Quotes

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
― George Orwell

 

 

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“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.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“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.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
― George Orwell

 

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
― George Orwell

 

 

“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.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”
― George Orwell

 

 

“On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
― George Orwell

 

 

 

“Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“The only good human being is a dead one.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“You are a slow learner, Winston.”
“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Sanity is not statistical.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
― George Orwell

 

 

 

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“To die hating them, that was freedom.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
― George Orwell

 

 

“Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm

 

 

 

“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
― George Orwell

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