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60 George Orwell Quotes on Power, Truth, and Politics

A list of the best George Orwell Quotes. George Orwell is an author who displays deep political insights in simply written stories.

George Orwell is a famous English writer best known for his controversial novel, 1984. Here are some best George Orwell Quotes on religion, war, politics, and truth.

Top 60 George Orwell Quotes

“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

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George Orwell Quotes

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” – George Orwell


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

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George Orwell Quotes

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell


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

George Orwell Quotes
George Orwell Quotes

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


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

George Orwell Quotes

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


“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them..” – George Orwell

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


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


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

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“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.”


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


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


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

George Orwell Quotes

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


“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”


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


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


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


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


“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”


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


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


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


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


“If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.”


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


“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.”


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


“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.”


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


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


“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.”


“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”


“In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.”


“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.”


“There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.”


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


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


“Threats to freedom of speech, writing, and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect, and unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”


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


“A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud.”


“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.”


“Looking at the whole world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.”


“Orthodoxy means not thinking not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”


“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”


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


“It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.”


“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.”


“The existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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?”


“People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”


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


“A world in which it is wrong to murder an individual civilian and right to drop a thousand tons of high explosive on a residential area sometimes make me wonder whether this earth of ours is not a loony bin made use of by some other planet.”


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


“Think of life as it really is, think of the details of life; and then think that there is no meaning in it, no purpose, no goal except the grave. Surely only fools or self-deceivers, or those whose lives are exceptionally fortunate, can face that thought without flinching.”


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


“The really frightening thing about totalitarianism is not that it commits ‘atrocities’ but that it attacks the concept of objective truth; it claims to control the past as well as the future.”


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


“No one can get up much enthusiasm for a Government which puts you in jail if you open your mouth.”


“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.”


“In every one of those little stucco boxes, there’s some poor bastard who’s never free except when he’s fast asleep and dreaming.”


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


“The fallacy is to believe that under a dictatorial government you can be free inside.”


“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.”


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


“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?”


“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?”


“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.”

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