Quotes by 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

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
– George Orwell
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
– George Orwell
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
– George Orwell
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
– George Orwell
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can 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
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
– George Orwell
At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.
– George Orwell
Big Brother is watching you.
– George Orwell
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
– George Orwell
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
– George Orwell
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
– George Orwell
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
– 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
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
– George Orwell
Four legs good, two legs bad.
– George Orwell
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
– George Orwell
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
– George Orwell
He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
– George Orwell
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
– George Orwell