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Awesome quotes by George Orwell on patriotism, communism, totalitarianism, nationalism, truth, love and writing.

121 Awesome Quotes By George Orwell, The Author Of Animal Farm

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: June 25, 1903

Died On: January 21, 1950

Born In: Motihari

Died At Age: 46

George Orwell was one of the finest authors and novelists of the 20th century who is best known for two of his most famous works, ‘Animal Farm and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’. Born as Eric Arthur Blair, Orwell took up the pseudonym or pen name George Orwell shortly before the publication of his first book ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’. It led to the release of his first novel, ‘Burmese Days’. Finding success, Orwell expanded his literary career as he became a critic, essayist, author, novelist and journalist. His popular non-fiction works include ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ and ‘Homage to Catalonia’ both of which sneaked peeked on his socialist ideas and were unorthodox and original political treatises. In the last half-decade of his life, Orwell came up with two of his masterpieces ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, both of which brought him great acclaim, both popularly and critically, and earned him financial reward. Orwell’s writing style was unique as it was a rare combination of lucid prose, opposition to totalitarianism, support of democratic socialism and awareness of social injustice. The same is also visible in his quotes that portray his idealism and give vent to his radical thoughts of a free society. Explore this section to grab a collection of quotes by George Orwell.

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

George Orwell

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

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

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

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

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.

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

We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

George Orwell

Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

George Orwell

If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.

George Orwell

In the face of pain there are no heroes.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

Big Brother is Watching You.

George Orwell

It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.

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

The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

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

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

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

George Orwell

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

George Orwell

Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

George Orwell

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

George Orwell

Four legs good, two legs bad.

George Orwell

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.

George Orwell

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

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

Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.

George Orwell

Sanity is not statistical.

George Orwell

The only good human being is a dead one.

George Orwell

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

George Orwell

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?

George Orwell

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

To die hating them, that was freedom.

George Orwell

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.

George Orwell

He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.

George Orwell

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

George Orwell

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

George Orwell

Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.

George Orwell

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

There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.

George Orwell

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.

George Orwell

Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O'Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O'Brien: You do not exist.

George Orwell

The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.

George Orwell

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

George Orwell

The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.

George Orwell

This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.

George Orwell

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.

George Orwell

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

George Orwell

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?

George Orwell

Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me: There lie they, and here lie we Under the spreading chestnut tree.

George Orwell

If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.

George Orwell

If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.

George Orwell

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.

George Orwell

Let's face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.

George Orwell

In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.

George Orwell

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.

George Orwell

If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?

George Orwell

You're only a rebel from the waist downwards,' he told her.

George Orwell

The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.

George Orwell

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing

George Orwell

Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.

George Orwell

April the 4th, 1984. To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man - greetings!

George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell

Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?

George Orwell

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.

George Orwell

But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

George Orwell

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades

George Orwell

Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.

George Orwell

Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.

George Orwell

If there really is such a thing as turning in one's grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise.

George Orwell

So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.

George Orwell

He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin.

George Orwell

Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.

George Orwell

I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.

George Orwell

Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.

George Orwell

Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.

George Orwell

Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.

George Orwell

The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.

George Orwell

The end was contained in the beginning.

George Orwell

Power is not a means; it is an end.

George Orwell

He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.

George Orwell

The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief.

George Orwell

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

George Orwell

If there is hope, it lies in the proles.

George Orwell

The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.

George Orwell

But the thought of being a lunatic did not greatly trouble him; the horror was that he might also be wrong.

George Orwell

You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.

George Orwell

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.

George Orwell

That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

George Orwell

Until they become conscious, they will never rebel

George Orwell