Inspirational George Orwell Quotes

George Orwell (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) was an English novelist and essayist. This post features some Inspirational George Orwell Quotes.

His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Eric Arthur Blair was his real name he used the pen name George Orwell.

Orwell’s work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including cold war, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.

George Orwell Quotes
George Orwell Quotes

George Orwell Quotes

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

“If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.”
― George Orwell

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

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

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
― George Orwell

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

“Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”
― George Orwell

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

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

“The Seven Commandments:
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.”
― George Orwell

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell

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

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

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

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

“Sanity is not statistical.”
George Orwell

“The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”
― George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes.”
George Orwell quotes

“All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”
― George Orwell

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

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

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

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

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”
― 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

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

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

“If there is hope, it lies in the proles.”
― George Orwell

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

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

“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

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

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

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
― George Orwell

“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
― George Orwell

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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.”
― 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

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