George Orwell, quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan


The oldest writer that I enjoy. His work has influence so much more that I like. 1984 and Animal Farm are two of the best books of all time. Political and brutal, it says so much for so little words. Please search 1984 or Animal Farm on my blog to see my individual book reviews on them.

  • “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984
  • “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984
  • “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, Animal Farm
  • “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 most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
    ― George Orwell
  • “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984
  • “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984
  • “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
    ― 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
  • “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984
  • “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, Animal Farm
  • “Four legs good, two legs bad.”
    ― George Orwell, Animal Farm
  • “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, Politics and the English Language
  • “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, 1984
  • “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
    ― 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
  • “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
  • “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    ― George Orwell
  • “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” George Orwell
  • “Big Brother is watching you.” – George Orwell, 1984
  • “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” George Orwell
  • “Myths which are believed in tend to become true.” – George Orwell
  •  “Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” – George Orwell
  • “War is evil, but is often the lesser evil.” – George Orwell
  • “For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.” – George Orwell
  • The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.” – George Orwell
  • “All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People cam foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” – George Orwell
  • “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.” – George Orwell
  • “Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.” – George Orwell
  • “To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.” – George Orwell

Highly recommend checking out this author’s last 2 books, 1984 and Animal Farm. I have read them both. It is scary to hear what George Orwell says in his final interview below.

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