Quotes by George Orwell

He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.
– George Orwell

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

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
– George Orwell

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
– George Orwell

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

Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.
– George Orwell

Four legs good, two legs bad.
– George Orwell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
– George Orwell

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

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 smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.
– George Orwell

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

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

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
– 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

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