George Orwell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old George Orwell quotes, George Orwell sayings, and George Orwell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. George Orwell
Windmill or no windmill, he said life would go on as it has always gone on—that is, badly. George Orwell
All 'favorable' Utopias seem to be alike in postulating perfection while being unable to suggest happiness. George Orwell
Bad writers are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones. George Orwell
I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain! George Orwell
The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion. George Orwell
Every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. George Orwell
Manchester is the belly and guts of the nation. George Orwell
Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. George Orwell
If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. George Orwell
Big Brother is Watching You. George Orwell
In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer. George Orwell
It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face ... was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime. George Orwell
Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal. George Orwell
If men would behave decently, the world would be decent. George Orwell
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. George Orwell
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell
Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell
Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. George Orwell
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution, one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. George Orwell
I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. George Orwell
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell
Gambling, beer and football filled the horizons of their minds. 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
What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself; who gives your arguments a fair hearing and simply persists in his lunacy? George Orwell
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. George Orwell
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. George Orwell
A humanitarian is always a hypocrite. George Orwell
Our windmill was ruined. Our spirits were at their lowest. But, Napoleon seemed... triumphant. George Orwell