Top 70 George Orwell Quotes

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood." - George Orwell
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70 George Orwell Quotes

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, was an English writer. His most famous novels are "Animal Farm" and "Ninety Eighty-Four". He was a man of strong opinions, especially towards politics and he proved it well in all his works. 

All his work has become really influential in political and popular culture around the world. "Orwellian" is actually a word used in the English language which describes totalitarian social practices. He also left us some words in inheritance such as "Big Brother", "unperson", or "doublethink". 

Read these 70 George Orwell quotes that we have compiled for you and share his wisdom with the world. 

1
"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."
2
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
3
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
4
"There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years."
5
"Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing."
6
"A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lots its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud."
7
"We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."
8
"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
9
"In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
10
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
11
"In the face of pain there are no heroes."
12
"Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else."
13
"To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle."
14
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing."
15
"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."
16
"Looking at the whole world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery."
17
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
18
"The existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions."
19
"It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence."
20
"People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and mostly grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
21
"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. This is an illusion."
22
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
23
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
24
“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
25
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
26
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
27
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
28
“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.”
29
“Big brother is watching you.”
30
“It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
31
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
32
“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”
33
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
34
“Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
35
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”
36
“To die hating them, that was freedom.”
37
"It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it."
38
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."
39
"He is a slave with a semblance of liberty which is worse than the most cruel slavery."
40
"Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes."
41
"The nation is bound together by an invisible chain."
42
"Will the man in the street ever feel that freedom of the mind is as important and as much in need of being defended as his daily bread?"
43
"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better."
44
"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."
45
"A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims, but accomplices."
46
"In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane."
47
“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
48
“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”
49
“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.”
50
“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
51
“He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.”
52
“The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.”
53
“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.”
54
“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.”
55
“Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?”
56
"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents."
57
"Myths which are believed in tend to become true."
58
"Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell."
59
"The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent."
60
"War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent."
61
"A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion."
62
"The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief."
63
"In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane."
64
“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.”
65
“But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”
66
“Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.”
67
“I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.”
68
“He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.”
69
“The end was contained in the beginning.”
70
“Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever.”
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