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George Orwell Quotes

51 of the best book quotes from George Orwell
  1. #1
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
  2. #2
    “If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, “I’m a free man in here” - he tapped his forehead - “and you’re all right.”
  3. #3
    “It is curious how people take it for granted that they have a right to preach at you and pray over you as soon as your income falls below a certain level.”
  4. #4
    “It is a feeling of relief, almost of pleasure, at knowing yourself at last genuinely down and out. You have talked so often of going to the dogs — and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them, and you can stand it. It takes off a lot of anxiety.”
  5. #5
    “There are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all.”
  6. #6
    “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Freedom
  7. #7
    “The end was contained in the beginning.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  8. #8
    “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.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  9. #9
    “The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink”
  10. #10
    “What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”
  11. #11
    “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”
  12. #12
    “The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”
  13. #13
    “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
  14. #14
    “There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Truth
  15. #15
    “To die hating them, that was freedom.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Freedom
  16. #16
    “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.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Betrayal
  17. #17
    “Sanity is not statistical.”
  18. #18
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
  19. #19
    “I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Humor
  20. #20
    “In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    HeroesPain
  21. #21
    “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
  22. #22
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  23. #23
    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Future
  24. #24
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  25. #25
    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Secrets
  26. #26
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    TimeFuture
  27. #27
    “Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”
  28. #28
    “Four legs good, two legs bad.”
  29. #29
    “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.”
  30. #30
    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
  31. #31
    “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Reality
  32. #32
    “Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”
  33. #33
    “The only good human being is a dead one.”
  34. #34
    “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  35. #35
    “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Pain
  36. #36
    “If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Love
  37. #37
    “He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable”
  38. #38
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
  39. #39
    “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Enemies
  40. #40
    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    FreedomWar
  41. #41
    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
  42. #42
    “In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”
  43. #43
    “The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes”
  44. #44
    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Words
  45. #45
    “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.”
  46. #46
    “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
  47. #47
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
  48. #48
    “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    War
  49. #49
    “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.”
  50. #50
    “It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body... On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues that you are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralysed by fright or screaming with pain, life is a moment-to-moment struggle against hunger or cold or sleeplessness, against a sour stomach or an aching tooth.”
  51. #51
    “It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    PeopleLies
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